West Midlands Regional Air Quality Review and Action Plan

The Regional Air Quality Review and Action Plan presents the technical evidence base, results of stakeholder engagement, and the recommended actions that could be taken forward at the WMCA regional level that would help accelerate and support local action on air quality. More >


GBS LEP Low Carbon Energy Plan

The Plan provides the required framework for directing investment of funding related to low carbon energy, buildings, transport and business energy efficiency. More >


Birmingham City Council – Green Living Spaces Plan

Birmingham’s Green Commission has begun to build a new framework for the future, in hope of establishing Birmingham as a leading green city. The Green Living Spaces Plan provides a key ingredient in that vision by linking the issues of climate change, public health and spatial planning. More >


London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games the legacy: Sustainable procurement for projects

The report highlights key instruction on the procurement of sustainable buildings and infrastructure. The Olympic Delivery Authority published their Sustainable Development Strategy a year after winning the bid for the games. It was intended to act as a catalyst for industry to deliver improvements in economic, social and environmental sustainability with the hope that these lessons would be spread across the UK. The report now looks to local authorities to deliver growth in a sustainable way using the framework highlighted in the report. More >


The Economics of Low Carbon Cities: A Mini-Stern Review for Birmingham and the Wider Urban Region

This report reviews the cost and carbon effectiveness of a wide range of low carbon options that could be applied at a local level in households, industry, commerce and transport to expand the low carbon economy. It then goes on to explore the scope for their deployment and the associated investment needs. The report addresses financial returns, carbon savings and implications for economy and employment of a variety of low-carbon measures. More >


Green Alliance – Green economy: a UK success story

The Green Alliance published this report to determine the benefits that come from creating a greener economy. This report states that it is now clear that we don’t need to wait for these benefits as the UK has moved and we are seeing the advantage. Green business has become a UK success story at home and abroad. More >


Green game-changers: Insights for mainstreaming business innovation

This review follows on from last year’s Green Game-Changers report, which looked at small-scale sustainability innovators. The potential of these small players inspired this year’s review of the progress that large firms have made to adopt scale up innovations. Within this remit we have honed in on those that have gone beyond product and process optimization and have innovated their business models towards sustainability. More >


Woodland for Water: Woodland measures for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives

To present evidence which will help promote effective woodland planning and be part of the solution to achieving good water status. It is timely, as it follows on from the establishment of the Woodland Carbon Task Force which aims to realise Government’s desire for increased woodland planting in England to help meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments. Similarly, in Wales, the recently announced Glastir scheme provides additional incentive for woodland creation. More >


Research and Engagement with Marches Waste Companies

The Marches Environmental Technologies Network (metnet) is a business network created by public and private sectors across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire. It aims to provide support for environmental technology companies across the Marches and also to assist businesses that are looking to diversify into the sector. More >


Know your environmental limits: A local leaders’ guide

The guide is intended to enable members of local governance bodies and community groups to recognise the importance and inherent value of the natural environment and to ‘live within environmental limits’, one of the five principles of sustainable development. More >


HOW TO…plan a Sustainability Awareness Week

New leaf have developed this ‘HOW TO…’ resource as part of the outcomes of their ‘h.Energy’ week in 2010. The document is a guide to planning and running a successful regional/county level Sustainability Awareness Week. More >