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 >

 
 

Overheating in Homes – The Big Picture

The report sets out the types of processes and checks some housing associations and housebuilders already have in place to tackle overheating and why they viewed these as important for their businesses. More >

 
 

Better Growth Better Climate Report

This study is one of the first to look at the impacts on economic growth of the proposed preventative measures and concludes this will not just bring economic benefits in the future but also in the present. More >

 
 

Encraft Smart Grids Event – Presentations

There are big changes on the horizon with the roll out of smart meters, the storage and use of electricity locally and the impact this will have on local energy infrastructure. This event, organised by Encraft, brought these changes into focus by inviting experts on Smart Grid technology to come and present to West Midlands colleagues who work in the energy management sector. 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 >

 
 

Planning for Hydropower: Planning Advice

The report is intended to help local planning authorities, the Environment Agency, developers and other stakeholders better understand the complex planning issues associated with hydropower schemes in the East Midlands Region. It also aims to encourage a more joined-up approach to determining applications for their deployment. More >

 
 

Less Is More: Energy Security After Oil

Britain holds a broad political consensus that a major transformation of our energy intensive, fossil-fuel-dependent economy is required. This report aims to challenge the prevailing view in government about what this low carbon future will look like and what is needed to get there. 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 >

 
 

No charge? Valuing the natural environment

This report highlights that investment in the natural environment is critical to long term economic prosperity and that natural services provide a highly cost effective solution to growing problems like flood and coastal defence, carbon emissions and the preservation of soil, water and air quality. More >

 
 

Improving Infrastructure: Wind Resource Study for the West Midlands Region

This study reviews wind energy as an economically viable resource for the West Midlands Region. It maps potential opportunities for development of wind turbines in the region, taking into consideration the key development constraints based on the current status of wind technology. It outlines how harnessing wind resource could be achieved in the West Midlands Region, the benefits to the region and also the limitations. More >