West Midlands Combined Authority: Next steps on climate change adaptation
Building on our wider regional work on climate change adaptation with the Environment Agency, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) commissioned SWM, supported by our members Accelar and our Associate Mat Burhouse, to help commence their work on the subject, fitting in with their wider and well established sustainability ambitions.
Environment Agency: Scaling up the climate change adaptation response in the West Midlands
We have worked in collaboration with the Environment Agency for the past two years to help accelerate and scale-up the region’s response to climate change adaptation. While there is an increasing recognition that we are experiencing a greater number and intensity of extreme weather events, progress on dealing with their risks and impacts remains slow. This collaboration aims to drive forward activity across multiple sectors in the region, to increase resilience and encourage adaptation action.
National Lottery Heritage Fund: Embedding sustainability principles into the heritage sector
This project concluded nearly four years of support to the Heritage Fund, the overarching outcome being the full embedment of sustainability across the organisation, both through staff training and the development of a framework to allow staff to assess applications for their sustainability credentials in a consistent way in future.
Climate Change Committee: Improving the accessibility of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment -Part 2
Part two of this project, which provides support to the Climate Change Committee on improving the accessibility of outputs associated with the Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk, focused on producing outputs that considers the above advice, to bring thousands of pages of text to life and make the key findings and messages clearer, more digestible and understood by the primary audience, which is central Government.
Midlands Net Zero Hub: Midlands Low Carbon Sector Study
SWM and kMatrix were commissioned by the Midlands Energy Hub to provide an evidence-based study to understand the current state of the Low Carbon Environmental Goods & Services (LCEGS) Sector in the Midlands, where support is needed to help grow this sector, and the role the sector can play in driving a low-carbon recovery from Covid-19.
Worcester City Council: Sustainability Strategy & Online Engagement Workshops
SWM worked with Worcester City Council to develop their draft sustainability strategy, supported by three online workshops to engage with elected members, businesses, other organisations, and residents.
Climate Change Committee: Improving the accessibility of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment – Part 1
SWM provided advice to the Committee on Climate Change on how to improve the accessibility of the the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report, due for publication next year. The project looked at better use of communications, providing engagement opportunities and reframing of outputs.
National Lottery Heritage Fund: Sustainability webinar for Heritage Fund staff and applicants
This project brought to a head over two years of support to the Heritage Fund as we ran a webinar for around 65 staff and potential grantees on how sustainability aspects can be better embedded into funding applications.
City of Wolverhampton Council: Climate Emergency support Part 1: Sustainability Strategy & Action Plan Review
City of Wolverhampton Council commissioned SWM to provide an independent review of their draft sustainability strategy and action plan, the methodology for calculating their carbon footprint, and input to their citizens assembly.
SWM have been on the board of the Midlands Energy Hub since it's establishment in 2018. Working in partnership with the UK Government through BEIS, the Midlands Energy Hub is supporting the delivery of a carbon neutral Britain at a local and regional level.
Climate Change Committee: How does people’s behaviour affect their response to extreme weather events?
This project looked at how people have reacted to extreme weather and why, and what behaviours people and communities demonstrate when they are preparing for, responding to and recovering from an extreme weather event.
National Lottery Heritage Fund: Embedding sustainability into Heritage Lottery Fund operations and grant assessments
HLF commissioned SWM to convene a series of national workshops for staff so that they can become more knowledgeable about sustainability and therefore more confident how to assess the credentials of grantee applications.
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, South Leicestershire College and Midlands Academies Trust: Embedding sustainability across North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College commissioned SWM to reinvigorate the sustainability agenda across the institute by convening a workshop that brought together staff from across the college, as well as writing a report that reflected progress to date, recommendations for future activity and good practice examples from elsewhere.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS): Fit for the Future II
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commissioned SWM to analyse LEP, combined authority and city region progress and appetite to tackle climate change, embrace a low carbon economy and reduce carbon emissions.
Staffordshire County Council: Bringing to life the sustainability agenda in Staffordshire
Staffordshire County Council (SCC) commissioned SWM to reinvigorate the sustainability agenda across the authority by convening a workshop that took place on 6 June 2017 that brought together staff from across the council as well as writing a report that reflected progress to date, recommendations for future activity and good practice examples from elsewhere.
Environment Agency: Flood community engagement plan: Initiation workshop
The Environment Agency (EA) commissioned SWM to convene a workshop that took place on 30 March 2017, bringing together staff from across the West Midlands area to begin the development of a Strategic Community Engagement Plan that aims to help the organisation effectively target communities at risk of flooding.
Climate-KIC: Audit report of UK climate-related innovation networks and clusters
Climate-KIC commissioned SWM to undertake an audit report of UK climate-related innovation networks and clusters. It aimed to identify where in the UK there are existing climate innovation strengths and where there is potential for establishing new ones.