A place-based approach to net-zero in the West Midlands: Benefits for our people and economy 30/6/21


30 June 2021


10:30 – 12:00




SWM and Mott MacDonald

The Event

A place-based approach to net zero‘ was published by the Net Zero Infrastructure Industry Coalition in March 2021, looking at how local insight, capability and connectivity can help the UK towards a better, faster, cheaper net-zero.

This webinar will explore the implications of the report for the West Midlands focusing on the four key pillars and how, by working in partnership, we can bring benefit to our economy and our people. Our speakers include:

  1. Powers: Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
    • Andy will highlight how the five year climate change plans of the WMCA will benefit the region, including the opportunities associated with the Net Zero Business Pledge
  2. Partnerships: Anna Bright, Chief Executive at SWM
  3. People: John English and Ravinder Lalli, GBSLEP
    • John and Ravinder will talk about the importance of the recently commissioned research into the skills requirements for the low carbon sector
  4. Platform: Luke Strickland, Environment Team Lead, Mott Macdonald
    • As one of the contributing authors for the report, Luke will set out how system-level data must be used to improve planning and decision making, and to track outcomes such as carbon reduction, health and economic benefits

Attendees will have the opportunity to join breakout sessions to discuss the implications of the report and the presentations provided.

In relation to the event, Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street says “We’re asking companies to help us achieve our ambition of being a net zero region by 2041 by signing up to the West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge and commit to reducing their carbon emissions. For those who join us on our journey to net zero there are many commercial opportunities in areas such as retrofit, clean transport, forestry and carbon capture, in addition to creating thousands of jobs across the West Midlands.”


Registration for this event is now closed. Please contact anna.bright@swm.org.uk with any enquiries.