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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Portrait of the West Midlands

The report provides an overview of the socio-economic characteristics of the West Midlands region. It covers a wide range of indicators from population to crime to the environment. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Woodland for Water: Woodland measures for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives

To present evidence which will help promote effective woodland planning and be part of the solution to achieving good water status. It is timely, as it follows on from the establishment of the Woodland Carbon Task Force which aims to realise Government’s desire for increased woodland planting in England to help meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments. Similarly, in Wales, the recently announced Glastir scheme provides additional incentive for woodland creation. More >


Research and Engagement with Marches Waste Companies

The Marches Environmental Technologies Network (metnet) is a business network created by public and private sectors across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire. It aims to provide support for environmental technology companies across the Marches and also to assist businesses that are looking to diversify into the sector. More >