A cross-sector network to instill innovation in the development of the zero carbon sector.
The Innovative Zero Carbon Working Group (IZCWG, previously the ILCWG) is run by SWM in partnership with the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands (IAWM). It is a cross-sector network aiming to build and connect the innovative zero carbon ecosystem of the West Midlands focusing especially on the WM Local Industrial Strategy sector strengths of low carbon technology, energy and clean growth, future mobility and sustainable construction.
The IZCWG also responds to three of the four identified market strengths given in the publication of the 2017 West Midlands Science and Innovation Audit: energy storage and systems, next generation transport and sustainable construction – all of which are underpinned by low carbon activity.
IZCWG meetings, run quarterly, aim to share information and good practice and catalyse new partnerships and collaborative activities that help to further develop innovation within and between the sectors outlined above. There are also weekly mailouts to members convened by SWM that summarise the latest in related funding, events, resources and policy. The IZCWG also aligns its activities with national policy and strategy, for example the UK’s net zero 2050 carbon target, the Clean Growth Strategy and Industrial Strategy.
The current membership of the Group can be found here (last updated 19 October 2020).
Why run this network?
SWM supports the IAWM with the coordination and running of the IZCWG and has done so since 20 January 2014.
The IZCWG is the only regular platform whereby a cross-sector range of organisations can come together to identify ways where they can work together to identify innovative ways of achieving our net zero goals. Like our other networks, the IZCWG provides regular information and good practice, but nurturing the opportunity for organisations to collaborate is a hugely important aspect of this Group and is something that must happen for the West Midlands to become a leader in low carbon innovation.
This ambition contributes to SWM’s vision for the region, as well as addressing the majority of the themes related to our 2030 Roadmap, especially Sustainable Growth, Sustainable Energy Use, Resource Efficiency and Clean & Active Travel.
Anyone from any sector with a role related to low carbon innovation, in particular around energy, transport and sustainable construction, is welcome to join the IZCWG. However, we ask that each member prior to joining can answer yes to each of the following:
- Your work and your organisation’s aims and vision contribute to a thriving innovation ecosystem within the low carbon space.
- You see the benefits of working with fellow members of the IZCWG and other partners to stimulate growth in the West Midlands low carbon economy sector.
- Your role or your organisation focuses on the development of low carbon projects not limited to energy, transport and/or sustainable construction.
- You are based, or have representatives based in the West Midlands and/or are wishing to contribute to work in this area.
- You wish to contribute to IZCWG meetings by offering opportunities for collaboration on projects, sharing good practice either via verbal updates or more formal presentations or providing updates on funding calls, events or policy.
Clare Ollerenshaw joined the IZCWG as Chair in May 2021. Clare is an Associate Director at local SME Accelar, who support organisations to achieve their clean growth ambition. Accelar is a SWM member and an extremely collaborative company, looking to work with others to further regional and national Net Zero ambitions. Clare is a strong supporter of SWM and IAWM and has been a member of the IZCWG for a number of years.
Interested in joining?
If you’d like to join this exciting network, please contact email@example.com.
- Innovative Zero Carbon Working Group Meeting – Circular Economy in the Built Environment – 19/07/23
- Innovative Zero Carbon Working Group and Energy Capital Partnership Collaboration Event –18/04/23
- Innovative Zero Carbon Working Group Meeting – 26/01/23
- Multi-Modal Transport: Integrating Tech and Infrastructure for the Future – 11/10/22
- Innovative Zero Carbon Working Group Meeting – 30/06/22