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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games - Social Values

Local children design sustainable homes of the future ahead of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

A group of school children from Birmingham schools have bagged tickets to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games after being tasked to create a sustainable home which could cut carbon emissions.

As the build-up to the biggest sporting and culture event to happen in the UK for a decade officially gets underway, schools have been learning about the way it is being sustainably powered by Aggreko. These include Smith’s Wood Academy, Barr Beacon School, St Peter’s Collegiate, Bishop Challoner, Erdington Academy and Hall Green School.

Birmingham 2022 has pledged to provide a carbon neutral legacy. In partnership with its official modular energy solutions supporter, Aggreko, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games aims to nurture science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects in the local community.

Aggreko, based in the West Midlands, is a supplier of temporary power generation and temperature control equipment, known for powering some of the world’s most famous events including the Olympics, the World Cup and Glastonbury. Its dedicated social values team includes employees from its events and manufacturing teams, as well as five apprentices.

Robert Wells, Managing Director of Event Solutions at Aggreko says: “The world is a challenging place right now, and energy is central to the conversation about its future. It’s therefore critical that we are inspiring youngsters into careers that can make positive changes with regards to being greener. We loved seeing what Birmingham students came up with in response to the challenge and awarding tickets to the lucky winners.”

In addition to working with local schools, Aggreko’s colleagues have been out in the local community volunteering with various charities. So far, they have been litter picking at Cannock Chase which will be home to the mountain biking event, have been involved in a canal clean up event with World Against Single Use Plastic (WASUP). They have also supported ACORNS charity with essential garden maintenance.

Julie Gray, Social Value Lead at Aggreko says: “Our involvement with local charities and schools has been an excellent example of turning our social value commitments into reality. Seeing the young people participate in our workshop on energy transition has been inspiring and it’s wonderful to see them so excited for Birmingham 2022.”.

Robert adds: “We are delighted to be an official supporter to Birmingham 2022 and look forward to helping to deliver a truly outstanding Games, embracing the key objectives within the Games-Social Values Charter, as well as delivering world class energy solutions.”


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