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 >

 
 

Demographic Issues Facing the West Midlands

The paper formed the background to a seminar series organised by FNWM, in partnership with others, with the aim of identifying the implications of demographic change for a range of strategic policy issues (e.g. health, housing, transport) and the challenges this poses for spatial planning across the wider West Midlands. 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 >

 
 

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 >

 
 

Forces for Change Compendium

The Forces for Change is a framework to help you understand today’s radically changing world and synthesise the breadth of complex, fast changing, interdependent factors shaping the business landscape. More >

 
 

Obtaining Flood Insurance in High Risk Areas

If your property has suffered from flood damage in the past, if there is a history of flooding in your neighbourhood or you are within an identified flood risk area, it can sometimes be difficult to find insurance cover. This guide aims to provide in one place, information that will help you to obtain a suitable policy. It explains how to get specialist help and what information you may be asked to give. It also provides tips on how to reduce the impact of flooding. The final section of the guide provides useful information on key organisations, including their responsibilities and contact details. More >

 
 

Portrait of the West Midlands

The report provides an overview of the socio-economic characteristics of the West Midlands region. It covers a wide range of indicators from population to crime to the environment. More >

 
 

Is localism delivering for climate change?

This report explores whether local authorities are continuing to work on climate change, how action is being encouraged and what potential local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), local nature partnerships (LNPs) and neighbourhood planning offer for strengthening local action on climate change. More >

 
 

Making Sustainable Lives Easier: A Priority for Governments, Business and Society

This report sets out what is needed, from governments and others, to help enable us all to live sustainable lives in our homes and communities. The report finds that government initiatives to help people live more sustainably lack ambition and direction, and are too timid given the scale and urgency of the challenge. Although increasing numbers of people try to ‘do the right thing’, we are still a long way from living sustainably; and those who do make an effort often find themselves swimming against the tide of society’s norms. 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 >