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 >


Good Growth for Cities 2018

A report from PWC and Demos looks at urban economic wellbeing across the UK. It analyses how places are performing, measured by an index of “good growth” that takes a broader view of what constitutes economic success.  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 >


Green cities: Using city deals to drive low carbon growth

The aim of this report was to examine how the first eight city deals agreed in 2012 have enshrined the core cities’ aspirations for a low carbon future. This report looks at how the city deals showcase their low carbon ambitions in different ways. This is done by analysing the different approaches and their strengths, identifying the characteristics of a deal that effectively embeds the pursuit of a prosperous, resilient, low carbon future. More >


Climate change – is the UK preparing for flooding and water scarcity?

The Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) has a statutory duty to report regularly to Parliament on the UK Government’s progress in delivering its adaptation programme.

In their first two reports, ASC developed and piloted a toolkit to assess progress in preparing for climate change, including use of adaptation indicators. In this report the Adaptation Sub-Committee apply the toolkit at a national level to two of the largest risks to emerge from the UK’s first Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA): flooding and water scarcity. 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 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 >


Going Green: How local authorities can encourage the take-up of lower-carbon vehicles

Local authorities have opportunities through their planning, traffic management and transport powers to influence, or ‘nudge’, the use of (U)LCVs in their respective areas. The RAC Foundation sought explore what these powers are, the level of appetite among local authorities for using them, and what experience of their use had been gained so far, both in the UK and continental Europe. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >