Good Growth for Cities 2018
Date of the report
Author of the report
PWC and Demos
Purpose of the report
What SWM likes
PWC calls it ‘good growth,’ we might call it ‘sustainable growth.’ Either way, it is reassuring that both an influential organisation like PWC is keeping track of sustainable growth via its index, and that generally the story is a positive one – sustainable growth is now being considered more in decision making and in implementation on the ground.
PWC’s analysis also includes various sustainability metrics, including environment, health and transport, recognising that growth is not just about becoming richer and improving GDP. The findings of this report supplement the analysis SWM carried out in both 2015 and 2017 as part of our Fit for the Future series, looking at how Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Combined Authorities are performing on sustainability, embracing a low carbon economy and tackling climate change. Whilst there are some similar results in Fit for the Future and in this analysis by PWC, there are also some interesting differences.
We recognise that in both reports, the West Midlands could perform better. We are committed to supporting our LEPs (for example through the development of their energy strategies) and the West Midlands Combined Authority to ensure our region is leading the way in good and sustainable growth.