The Route to Clean Growth Using Local Industrial Strategies to Drive Change

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Following public concern across the country, local areas are declaring their ambitions to do more to tackle climate change. Two hundred and thirty local authorities in England had declared climate emergencies by July 2019. At the same time, areas are developing local industrial strategies which could be an opportunity to capitalise on clean growth opportunities.

The impetus for clean growth is felt acutely at the local level. From the communities built around fossil fuel-related industries concerned about a just transition, to coastal communities seeing the benefits of the offshore wind success story, the need for proactive strategy is as pressing as it is geographically differentiated. As argued by Localis, in its work on local industrial strategies, the challenge now is to make the best use of local resources and powers to drive change across the country, and more rapidly than before.

Green Alliance have mapped the economic risks and opportunities associated with addressing environmental issues across England, as that is where local industrial strategies are being developed. Then matched these risks and opportunities against Green Alliance’s categorisation of different types of clean growth. This assumes three areas of development:

Raising the baseline

Improvements to existing practices to increase productivity and resilience across the economy.

Futureproof

Protecting the goods and services that businesses and local areas offer against obsolescence or loss of competitiveness in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Double down

Making the most of all the opportunities to support the development of new world class, resource efficient, low carbon industries.