Cities Outlook 2019

As a decade of austerity comes to end, this year’s edition of Cities Outlook looks at how city spending power has changed. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Skills for a green economy – A report on the evidence

This project results from recommendations made in the skills strategy for England, Skills for Sustainable Growth. The work was undertaken with the aims of identifying the skills needed to support the transition to a strong and sustainable green economy; and assessing evidence of employer demand and potential responses from the skills system which will lead to these skills being delivered. The overarching purpose for this report is to assist businesses and the agencies which support them in the clear articulation of skills needs related to the green economy: a role for the government repeatedly identified from consultation with industry. More >


Green and Growth: solutions for growing a green economy

The aim of this report is to set out short- and long-term proposals for growing a green economy. The report highlights that many manufacturing companies see opportunities in a low carbon economy, details objectives for growing a green economy, looks at the barriers to realising this and makes some short-and long-term recommendations that are intended to help to overcome the barriers. More >


Sustainable Economy in 2040: A roadmap for Capital Markets

This report attempts to reconcile the problem of anticipated growth and its challenges from social and environmental limiting factors to produce a plausible and holistic view of a sustainable economy and its implications for investment. The report acts as a guide explaining which sectors are likely to grow in the transition to a more sustainable economy and which areas are best avoided. More >


Challenging Convention workshop outcomes

This report details the outcomes of the Challenging Convention workshop on 9 December 2009 which was hosted and part sponsored by Sustainability West Midlands, part sponsored by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and supported by Midlands Environmental Business Company Ltd MEBC. More >


EnviroTRADE Directory WM 2009

This report represents a significant milestone in the development of Environmental Technologies in the West Midlands. Produced by the Environmental Technologies Cluster, it is a comprehensive directory of all its member companies. The report aims to lift the profile of the Environmental Technologies Cluster and serves as a guide to the different niches in this complex marketplace. More >


Evidence of Success: Low Carbon Regional Economic Strategy

In December 2007 Advantage West Midlands (AWM) produced on behalf of the West Midlands, a new Regional Economic Strategy: ‘Connecting to Success’. Hailed as a landmark strategy, ‘Connecting to Success’ has been formally recognised as the UK’s first low-carbon economic strategy and has established AWM as a leader amongst the regions. This summary document explains the process that AWM embarked upon with its partners to produce the UK’s first low-carbon economic strategy. More >


Low Carbon Evidence Base for the West Midlands Regional Economic Strategy

Advantage West Midlands (AWM) has commissioned a programme of work to underpin its work on producing the UK’s first low carbon Regional Economic Strategy. This programme included, among other work streams, the development of an evidence base to support the “low carbon” components of the new West Midlands Regional Economic Strategy (WMES) and an assessment of the impacts of climate change on the economy of the West Midlands. More >


Cadbury and Carbon Foot-Printing

Cadbury aims to footprint their entire supply chain. This report outlines what they have been doing so far and what they intend to do in the future in order to achieve this, and the problems they have encountered. The complexity of their supply chain has potential to slow progress, but they hope to achieve their goals through developing a standardised approach. More >


Advantage West Midlands climate risk assessment: business clusters

This report is addressed to AWM’s priority business cluster managers and their chairs. It sets out recommendations for action by four priority business clusters to take forward their adaptation response to the emerging risks posed by climate change. Recommended actions for each cluster are set out in each section. Proposed next steps will be agreed through discussions with business cluster managers in September 2006. More >


Carbon Neutrality & the West Midlands city region

The Lunar Society provided a forum for well-informed discussion on Climate Change, and how the West Midlands has the capacity to effectively engage with the issue, coordinating local action with national lobbying in order to adapt to its consequences. More >


Towards a carbon neutral city region

West Midlands Metropolitan District Leaders and Chief Executives commissioned Levett-Therivel to write this report to assess the current draft of the City Region Development (CRDP) to provide a cross-cutting piece for the front of the CRDP which indicates how the CRDP will provide a framework to address climate change and move towards carbon neutrality. More >