City leaders in Birmingham have pledged to cut carbon dioxide emissions by at least 60% by 2026.

The city’s tough climate change goal goes further than the Government’s target, which aims for CO2 emissions to be cut 60% by 2050.

The Birmingham Strategic Partnership (BSP) will publish details of how the cuts can be achieved in its climate change strategy and action plan next spring.

Chairman Councillor Paul Tilsley said: "These ambitious targets will require changes to the way we live, work and travel and will help to build a better, more sustainable Birmingham."

He added: "We know that we need to reduce our emissions by at least 5.2 million tonnes in order to prevent an increase in local and global weather-related disasters."

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Mike Whitby, said: "I believe that setting an ambitious CO2 reduction target will help stimulate innovation and creativity, ensuring that Birmingham takes its rightful place as a global leader in environmental technologies."