Sustainability in Birmingham


Photo trees in bloom in Sutton Park

Sustainability is about ensuring Birmingham is a fairer, greener, healthier place for all. The government and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) put sustainability at the top of the agenda for the Games, and its relevance has continued to grow. The bar for sustainability-centred actions keeps rising for major sporting events and the Games aspired to meet that bar and be the most environmentally friendly Games ever, which we delivered in a socially responsible way.

Our aim was to a truly sustainable Games, which would help support wider city sustainability ambitions and our work to tackle the Climate Emergency such as Net Zero carbon, maintaining and expanding our green infrastructure and green space, conservation and the Naturally Birmingham Project. We worked with Games Partners to maximise our influence in addressing key socio-economic issues including equality, diversity, and inclusion; social value; accessibility and human rights

With the Games for Everyone we wanted our legacy on sustainability to mean that we delivered a truly sustainable Games and support long-term sustainable behaviour change. By being the first carbon-neutral Commonwealth Games, we have set a benchmark for future Games. This was only achieved by working in partnership across the region.