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Hear about our 3D funded projects

The applications for our funding competition are now closed. We're delighted to announce the seven groups that have been awarded funding. See below what the groups are planning on taking on with the funding and how they are contributing to achieving a low carbon future. 

Birmingham Tree People

Birmingham Tree People (BTP) will combine land use and tree cover data with urban heat island, flood risk, air quality and index of multiple deprivation data to create a GIS based ‘Tree Equity Map’ to identify locations where increased tree cover would provide the most environmental and social benefits. The project seeks to increase tree cover across Birmingham to at least 25% tree canopy over the next 10 years. This will raise awareness of the benefits of tree planting and secure future funding. 



Footsteps will use fuel poverty, EPC, waste, and air pollution data to target community engagement surrounding fuel poverty, waste reduction, and energy efficiency advice in faith communities. To do so, a pre-existing faith community map will be re-established and combined with the aforementioned data. Footsteps will work with Ecobirmingham to provide energy assessments of faith buildings and to manage a small grants fund of £2,000 that faith communities will be able to access for small building energy efficiency improvements. Footsteps will also work with Act on Energy to provide fuel poverty advice and set up a £1,100 ‘fuel voucher’ fund to help alleviate fuel poverty in faith communities.  

Download a case study of the Footsteps fuel poverty project here.

Birmingham County Football Association    

Birmingham County Football Association (BCFA) will use the 3D data hub to select 5-6 football venues within Birmingham that are located in areas with high levels of multiple deprivation and air pollution. The users of these venues will be the focus for sustained community engagement seeking to encourage more sustainable transport behaviours such as through car sharing, public transport, or active travel. The project will first undertake a stakeholder mapping exercise whereby interviews will be conducted with football venue users, and their parents, to understand triggers and barriers to sustainable transport behaviour. A co-creation workshop will also be run with local community members and representatives from local football clubs to discuss how to encourage sustainable travel habits within the football community. 



Ecobirmingham will use existing cycle route and air pollution data to create a new 30 mile cycle route that links all 69 wards of Birmingham together, to encourage sustainable transport behaviour. Local councillors will be contacted for local key points of interest or heritage sites and where possible these will be included on the route. Once the route is created, Ecobirmingham will also use 3D data to target areas for led bike rides and Bikeability sessions based on high levels of consumption-based carbon emissions, car ownership, and low access to health services.

Download a case study of the Ecobirmingham bike routes project here.


Ecobirmingham will use multiple datasets from the 3D data hub to inform the creation of two ward level, and 7–14 household level, ‘One Planet Living’ sustainability action plans. These plans will be formulated through public workshops and conversations with households so that stakeholders are involved from the outset. The plans will review baseline greenhouse gas emissions and agree detailed pathways to reduce this impact with community members. The project seeks to encourage behaviour change related to transport, meat consumption, household energy use, switching to a green energy supplier, and reducing waste and increasing recycling. Ecobirmingham will deliver Bikeability and led rides, energy saving advice sessions, a sustainability career advice event, and two online directories with information on reducing emissions. Support will be given to households and wards throughout the project in their aim to reduce their climate impact.

Community Energy Birmingham 

Community Energy Birmingham (CEB) will create an advice service to support household energy efficiency measures and heat pump installations for the able-to-pay market.  They will use EPC data to target their engagement in areas with the least efficient properties. CEB will seek to increase capacity in Birmingham for retrofit assessments through training three people in PAS 2035 Retrofit Coordination and five through the AECB Carbonlite Retrofit course.

Community Energy Birmingham      

CEB will use solar potential mapping, grid constraints, and conservation area data to create a self-referral tool whereby site-owners can undertake an easy early assessment of the viability of solar PV installations on their buildings. Promising sites will then be further assessed using Open Solar software, guided by a ‘Node Co-ordinator’ position that will be funded through 3D.

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