How Green is your Local Enterprise Partnership? A guide for LEPs to deliver the low carbon economy

Date of the report

April 2012

Author of the report

Sustainability West Midlands

Purpose of the report

The Local Growth White Paper (October 2010) states that Local Enterprise Partnerships will provide the clear vision and strategic leadership to drive sustainable private sector-led growth and job creation in their area. The White Paper outlines potential roles of LEPs and specifically highlights the important role that they can play in helping to develop the low carbon economy to contribute to the local economic growth and job creation.

The low carbon economy has been identified as a priority by many of the LEPs around the country (1), but to date, far fewer LEPs have actually identified specific actions that they will implement in order to develop the low carbon economy.

This guide sets out:

  • What does the low carbon economy look like?
  • How can LEP functions, structures and funding deliver a low carbon economy?
  • LEP checklist to assess your progress for areas for improvement
  • Other sources of help and support

 

Relevance to the region

Our research has shown that to create a competitive low carbon place some of the criteria are to have a clear leadership, structures and strategy to influence a range of partners. The West Midlands produced the UK’s first regional low carbon economic strategy building on the existing strong progress of many partners. The challenge now is to continue this momentum through the new structures of the six Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) that cover the West Midlands and to build alliances between these LEPs and surrounding areas.

Links and Contact information

For more information, contact enquiries@swm.org.uk or call 0121 237 5890.


Downloads

How Green is your Local Enterprise Partnership? A guide for LEPs to deliver the low carbon economy (pdf)