Know your environmental limits: A local leaders’ guide

The guide is intended to enable members of local governance bodies and community groups to recognise the importance and inherent value of the natural environment and to ‘live within environmental limits’, one of the five principles of sustainable development. 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 >


West Midlands Waste Landfill Diversion Strategy

The West Midlands RTAB commissioned SLR to undertake work on waste arising and waste treatment capacity, and a follow on study for Advantage West Midlands to develop an evidence base, leading to a Waste Infrastructure Development Programme. This work forecasted a future waste resource capacity gap of 3.7 million tonnes by 2021 within the region; equivalent to 250 million black bags of waste per year. The quality of waste infrastructure development required to deal with this waste equates to around 260 hectares of land take. 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 >


West Midlands Regional Sustainable Development Indicators Factsheet

This factsheet contains details about the regional sustainable development indicators for the West Midlands, summarising the current position of the West Midlands, enabling comparisons to be made between regions and with progress nationally. The data was summarised from already published statistics, released in January 2007. The factsheet also includes pie charts that summarise the progress in indicators within the priority areas of (a) sustainable consumption and production and natural resources, and (b) sustainable communities. 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 >


Culture and climate change in the West Midlands

The report aims to raise awareness amongst those working in the cultural sectors as to the relationship between culture and climate change and the implications of climate change to these sectors in the West Midlands. The report includes new ideas of how to use the cultural sectors to raise public awareness of climate adaption within the West Midlands. 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 >