Post-Covid 19 green recovery plan for the West Midlands unveiled

An ambitious plan to help the region recover from the economic impact of Covid-19 while making it a greener and healthier place to live and work has been given the go-ahead. This comes as part of the plan for a green recovery builds on an existing commitment to make the West Midlands carbon neutral by 2041.

Strategy

The strategy sets out how the West Midlands can rebuild its economy in a way that drives green and inclusive growth so that all the region’s diverse communities and its environment can benefit from the post-Covid-19 recovery.

The paper sets out a range of initiatives from small-scale through to potentially region-wide and complex schemes, that will be implemented over different timescales but starting now.

These include:
• retrofitting old and cold homes to make them more energy-efficient and help tackle fuel poverty
• accelerating the transition of the region’s automotive industry to electric vehicles
• rolling out charging infrastructure for electric vehicles at scale
• announcing a green innovation challenge for SMEs to find solutions for some of our climate change challenges
• supporting the growth of green neighbourhoods and natural capital; and
• active transport initiatives, for example, pop-up cycle lanes and widened pavements.

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