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 >


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 >


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 >


An independent National Adaptation Programme for England

This policy brief contributes to the National Adaptation Programme by offering an analytical framework and formulating a rational basis for thinking about adaptation. It identifies main climate vulnerabilities in the UK at present, discusses adaptation priorities, and reviews the role of government and policy in adaptation. The report concludes with an illustrative set of actions for the government to take forward into the National Adaptation Programme. 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 >


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 >


‘Centro’s Green Transport Charter Annual Conference’ – May 2012

These presentations were produced for the Centro’s Green Transport Charter Annual Conference, on 25 May 2012. The aim of the presentations is to document the progression towards greener transport in the Midlands, using examples from various organisations. In addition, John Barraclough provides a presentation outlining the climate change risks for the West Midlands. 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 >


Socially just adaptation to climate change

The purpose of this report is to raise awareness of the concept of socially just adaptation. The report recognises the increased responsibility and awareness local authorities, business and communities now have on adaptation and what this means for society, but wanted to investigate how widespread this awareness is. They also wanted to investigate examples of good practice of socially just adaptation to help to demonstrate what can be achieved and implemented with the right ambitions. 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 >