Priorities

 
 
 
 
 

Our vision: by 2020 businesses and communities are thriving in a West Midlands that is environmentally sustainable and socially just

To deliver our mission, we have developed a set of sustainability priority actions for the West Midlands based on collaborative research worth around £1 million. Our roadmap below identifies the current challenges facing the West Midlands, as well as the priority actions needed to make change happen. Through cross-sector working across local authority boundaries, we look to create a region with more low carbon jobs, reduced levels of carbon and improved life expectancy.

How are we doing?

We review progress on key indicators, new research and case studies at our annual  conference.  Our 2016 monitoring report identifies progress against the economic, social and environmental sustainability goals for the West Midlands as set out in our 2020 Roadmap.

SWM’s role is to act as a catalyst for change through our advice to leaders, to develop practical solutions with our members and share success through our communications. Find out here how well our customers feel we did in 2016.

West Midlands Roadmap to a Sustainable Future in 2020

2010 CHALLENGES
PRIORITY ACTIONS
2020 VISION

BUSINESS

The West Midlands performs below the English average in productivity by £10-15 billion

COMMUNITY

An average gap in life expectancy of 10 years exists between the best and worst areas within the West Midlands

PLACE

On top of national targets, the West Midlands needs to reduce emissions by an additional 2 million tonnes of CO2e due to economic geography and limited capacity for ‘offshore’ renewables

JobsProcurementWaste

Buildings

Transport

Energy

Environment

BUSINESS

The West Midlands is a hub for low-carbon technology innovation and an international supplier, increasing productivity by 30%

COMMUNITY

The life expectancy gap has fallen to 6 years as a result of employment, less pollution and healthier lifestyles

PLACE

Regional direct carbon emissions reduced by around 30% from energy efficiency action and 20% of electricity from renewable sources

Leadership & perception change – civic and corporate leaders showing that work & lifestyle changes are desirable and realistic


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SWM Roadmap 2020