Floods Happen… Be Prepared!

The Civil Contingencies Unit, in partnership with Staffordshire County Council have led a series of classroom workshops to educate students on the risks involved in a flood situation, and how they can prepare themselves and those around them. More >


UK Flood Barriers – Flood Protection Project, Cornwall

The severe flooding event in Cornwall in November 2010 was noted as the worst flooding in decades. Flash floods hit in the middle of the night, leaving many people trapped in their homes and cars. In the space of a just few hours, two and a half inches of rain fell. Due to the topography of the area, small picturesque villages were swamped underneath 6ft of water during this period of intense rainfall. Scores of residents had to be rescued by the RAF, police and the fire service in hope of being relocated to emergency accommodation. The intensity of the flash flooding caused major disruption to the region’s infrastructure, and in some villages, properties were subjected to ten inches of water. More >


Plugin – Winner of a Sustainable Housing Award for Community Involvement and Engagement 2012

Plugin is an award-winning partnership project giving social housing providers access to free water-saving devices to install in their properties. The project also provides training to engage the community on how to save water and energy.

Installations were done through planned and routine maintenance, through ‘Decent Homes’ work and during tenancy changes – making water saving part of ‘business as usual’. Maintenance teams were trained by the water companies to install and explain the products using this opportunity to talk to residents about other ways to save water and energy. More >


Globehuggers Emergency Supplies – Winners of the BITC Climate Business Resilience Award 2012

Globehuggers Emergency Suppliers specialise in products that help businesses and individuals plan for emergencies. Globehuggers started out as an eco company, championing wind up technologies and recycled products in an effort to slow down climate change. After a while it became clear that some of their products could be used in a practical way to actually deal with extreme weather conditions brought about by climate change. More >


Alcon Components – Master Cylinder Manufacture

Alcon components have worked with Capella Associates on this project entitled ‘Master Cylinder Manufacture’. Capella Associates have worked with over 250 organisations across a range of sectors, helping organisations to improve their performance. More >


Birmingham Environmental Partnership Green Restaurant Awards

In 2010, the Birmingham Environmental Partnership reinforced its commitment to helping businesses reduce their impact on the environment, by setting up the Green Restaurant Awards.

These awards are given to the restaurants that demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and the environment. Entrants are judged in the categories of waste management, energy reduction, purchasing, and staff and community with an overall winner receiving the Green Restaurant of the Year Award. More >


Birmingham City Council’s Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan

To improve Birmingham City Council’s understanding of the risks from climate change, the Climate Change Adaptation Partnership (2008-11) was established as a sub group of Birmingham Environmental Partnership to report to DEFRA on National Indicator 188: adapting to the impacts of climate change. More >


Ricoh UK products – adapting to the impacts of a severe weather event

Ricoh UK Products Limited (RPL) is a subsidiary of Ricoh Japan, the world’s leading manufacturer of office automation equipment.

Established in 1984, the company manufactures photocopiers and consumables utilising its 2050 Plan and People Planet Profit (3-P’s) sustainability principles. These pillars of sustainability exemplify employee engagement, environmental impact reduction / resource conservation, and cost reduction/ revenue generation, which are fundamental to business continuity. More >


Arena Coventry Limited: Winner of low carbon economy awards 2010 – low carbon employee engagement

The Ricoh Arena is a multi-purpose complex with state-of-the-art conferencing, banqueting, exhibition, hotel and sporting facilities.The venue has a 32,500 capacity stadium bowl alongside the Jaguar Exhibition Hall measuring 10,000sq metres and containing 23 kiosks. The Yorkshire Bank and E.ON lounges provide more than 3,000sq metres for conferencing and banqueting, seating around 2,500 diners. This is complemented by Singers Bar & Bistro, a 100-seater restaurant. The £113 million venue also accommodates the G Casino – the UK’s largest casino – and the De Vere Hotel at the Ricoh Arena plus the Arena Health and Fitness Club and extensive office space. More >


Balsall Heath Church Centre

The Church centre benefitted by generous donations and discounted prices from a number of companies, who wished to have a first demonstration of this solar system, which is the first of its kind in the UK. Called Flexlight; the photovoltaic laminate is flexible, lightweight and is stuck directly to the roof. The thin film amorphous technology will work even at low light levels. US based Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) has supplied them at much reduced cost, as has AXUN the supplier of the inverters. More >


Swish Building products – adapting to the impacts of severe weather events

Part of the EPWIN Group and based in Tamworth, Staffordshire Swish Building Products manufacture PVC fascias, soffits, guttering, cladding and window board systems for the social housing, new build and trade construction markets. Swish aimed to develop a flood risk management plan in response to the potential impact from an extreme weather event. More >


Hydro-Logic – adapting to the impacts of severe weather events

Hydro-Logic Ltd is an independent UK-based company established with the objective of delivering high quality solutions for the water and environmental protection industries. Their headquarters is based at Bromyard in Herefordshire. The aim of this project was to develop a remote water monitoring solution to help Wychavon Local Authority Drainage Engineers ease flood worries for local residents. More >



CABLED is a consortium of 12 companies including: Arup, Aston University, Birmingham City Council, University of Birmingham, Coventry City Council, Coventry University, E.ON, Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry University Enterprises, Mitsubishi Motors UK, Mercedes Benz UK, and Tata Motors European Technical Centre. More >


A Joint Celebration Event for schools in Coventry

Sustainability Team at Coventry City Council provided support to all schools in Coventry to become Sustainable Schools by 2020.

Eco-Schools (City Services and Development Directorate), Healthy Schools and School Travel Plans (Children, Learning and Young People Directorate), Sustainable Schools (Government Offices for West Midlands) More >


PricewaterhouseCoopers: West Midlands Low Carbon Economy awards 2010

Completed in 2009 St Luke’s is a 2 form entry school with community facilities. The building is designed to achieve a very high standard of sustainability, including very low energy consumption, sustainably sourced materials and a BREEAM Excellent rating. The project has had an ecological focus throughout the design process, maximizing the use of daylight, natural ventilation and thermal comfort. The building is timber framed construction, utilizing timber cladding and roofing system. More >


Cutting Coventry’s Carbon Footprint

The Coventry Partnership brings together key players in Coventry to address important issues. Tackling the causes of climate change will be a focus for attention in 2010. Whilst individually many partners have been identifying carbon footprints, setting targets for reduction and drawing up action plans, the picture for Coventry as a whole is still unclear. If a common process and format can be agreed, a clearer picture of local emissions can emerge together with a shared sense of vision and a forward plan. More >


Tap into Savings

Tap into Savings is a major national water and energy saving project launched on 9 July 2010 in Coventry. The project will visit 2,000 homes in Tile Hill, Canley and surrounding areas, helping households save around 15% of their water without spending any money. Collectively that’s 94,000 litres of water a day – enough to supply over 700 people in Coventry with their daily water needs. More >



Heartwoods, a tree and woodland industry support initiative, is currently focusing on promoting the management of woodlands to supply wood for fuel. A wholly owned subsidiary of Small Woods a third sector organisation.

Project partners include Advantage West Midlands (Rural Development Programme), Forestry Commission, Confor (Confederation of Forest Industries) Rural Hubs, NFU, Woodland Trust and Midlands Woodfuel. More >


Light Fantastic

Light Fantastic is a mobile exhibition, which visits communities and schools, town centres and supermarkets across the Midlands. It showcases energy efficient technology and techniques, using low energy lighting as a focus and initial draw to visitors. Visitors can then be introduced to topics such as behavioural change and renewable technology. More >


Energy wardens – Coventry City Council

The Climate Change Strategy for Coventry sets out a bold carbon emission reduction target for 2050 of 70%. As well as working with stakeholders across the city to cut carbon, the Council is serious about getting its own house in order. The aim of the Energy Warden scheme is to build a network of enthusiastic, well-informed group of champions across Coventry City Council reaching into many teams to demystify energy management and make it fun. More >


Wood Energy Strategy

The West Midlands Wood Energy Strategy sets out the West Midlands vision for wood energy and a strategy for action. The co-ordination for delivery of this strategy was actioned through the Wood Energy Task Group (WETG) which initially comprised of the original partners but extended to a wide network of policy makers and planners, installer and supply companies and woodland owners and managers. More >


Switch it Off – Coventry

The Switch it Off campaign is an energy saving campaign with a focus on an annual Switch it Off week. Its aim is to make everyone from businesses, organisations, schools and individuals aware of the amount of energy and money that can be saved by turning things off when not needed. More >


Telford Extrusions

Telford Extrusions is part of the Epwin group which is the UK’s second largest PVC-U and PVC-UE extruder. The Telford site manufactures ‘low maintenance’ profiles for the window and door industry.

During the manufacturing process, large quantities of water are circulated around the machines to cool the extruded profile. The company learnt that they could save on sewer charges by showing that during the manufacturing process water is lost through evaporation rather than via the sewer. More >



In 2001 Lyreco moved into the bespoke site at Donnington, Telford with 300 office and 300 warehouse personnel. Working with BESST and Envirowise, Lyreco hosted a Water Audit to identify where efficiencies could be made. There had not been much focus on water efficiency at this site as attention had been on electricity and gas. More >