GBS LEP Low Carbon Energy Plan

Date of the report

March 2016

Author of the report

Gyron LLP for  Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP

Purpose of the report

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBS LEP) has published its Low Carbon Energy Plan to identify how the transition to a modern, decarbonised and decentralised energy system can support the LEP’s three pillars of Business, People and Place.

The Plan will be used to support the current European Regional Development Funding calls and will enable the LEP to take the appropriate action to ensure it has a 21st century energy system that matches its economic and social ambitions.

The Plan provides the required framework for directing investment of funding related to low carbon energy including the EU Strategic Infrastructure Funds (ESIF), in particular Priority 4e, and other UK funds such as the Local Growth Fund. The Plan also relates to the Sustainable Urban Development Strategy in support of the HS2 Growth Strategy and will be embedded in future LEP strategies, particularly the refresh of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

What SWM likes

Critically, the report provides data on the scale and importance of the low carbon sector in the GBS LEP area, highlighting the 33,400 jobs that this supports. It also demonstrates the significant research strengths lead by six Midlands universities and other key players in the area including the Energy Technologies Institute, Energy Systems Catapult and UK Climate KIC, European Bioenergy Research Institute and Birmingham Energy Institute.

The report recommends four ‘Priority Areas’ (energy, buildings, transport, and business energy efficiency) and two ‘Cross-cutting themes’ (monitoring and measuring, and low carbon skills) with key actions and activities within each area.

The ‘Next Steps’ identified in the report will be critical to move forward the recommendations.

Links and contact information

Access the GBS LEP Low Carbon Energy Plan here.