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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


West Midlands Environmental Priorities Review

At the beginning of April 2010 the West Midlands Leaders Board (WMLB) and Advantage West Midlands (AWM), as the then regional responsible authorities, commissioned WYG Environment to provide a critical assessment of key environmental topics set out in the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (WMRSS) and West Midlands Regional Economic Strategy (RES). More >


Understanding the West Midlands Carbon Gap

The report aims to help policy makers in the West Midlands understand how implementing the key international, national and regional policies will affect CO₂ emissions in the region. It outlines the scale of the challenge for the region to meet its targets by 2020 and how much of the reduction will need to be driven by regional policies. It critically examines the contribution individual strategies can make in closing the carbon gap and asks what the region needs to do above and beyond the existing policies to achieve the targets outlined by them. More >


Study into CO2 Emission Difference Projections to 2020 Resulting from AWM Investments

Energy White Paper ‘Meeting the Energy Challenge’ of May 2007 set out the requirements for Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) to estimate their carbon reductions to 2010 and 2020. In order to meet this requirement, Advantage West Midlands (AWM) has committed to publish the gross CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) reduction targets and report gross annual CO2e reductions starting with their Corporate Plan 2008-11. 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 >


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 >