West Midlands’ carbon emissions drop while economy grows

Carbon emissions across the seven council areas which make up the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) were cut by 3.8% in a year, new figures show.

At the same time, between 2016 and 2017, the region’s economy grew by 3.6% (£3.5 billion).

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, who chairs the WMCA, said the figures show clean growth – where economic output increases while carbon emissions reduce – is working in the region.

Government figures released on July 4 show the WMCA area is producing 4.0 tonnes of emissions per capita, against an England average of 5.1 tonnes.

The Mayor said: “Reducing our carbon emissions is one of the most important ways we can help to limit the impacts of climate change. To do this while also growing our economy is testament to how the West Midlands is leading the Clean Industrial Revolution.

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