Sustainable Energy Use

Meeting the energy demand of today and tomorrow, without compromising environment outcomes

Target: By 2030 achieve a 79% increase in the amount of energy generated by renewables from 2020 levels

Why this theme?

One of the largest contributors to global development is the use of fossil fuels.. However, our reliance on fossil fuels has damaged the environment around us, causing huge changes to our climate.

It is for this reason that we must continue to develop sustainable sources of energy that will power our lives moving forward. We must fully embrace these energy solutions and adopt them as the primary sources for meeting energy demand. This will not only ease the burden we have placed on the Earth with our use of fossil fuels, but allow us to live more cleanly, impacting other areas for greater change.

Development of the target

Following  our thorough literature review of national strategies such as the Clean Growth Strategy to ensure alignment with national ambition, and stakeholder engagement process, SWM has developed this target based on National Grid’s future energy scenarios planning and aligned to the UK’s overall target of net zero carbon by 2050. The West Midlands may not have access to a coastline for offshore wind, a big contributor to clean energy production in the UK, but does have access to many other renewable sources, hence our ambition to achieve a significant rise in renewable energy generation.

What our Members are doing

Bryt Energy is on a mission to take British businesses on a carbon-reducing journey with zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity from wind, solar and hydro. Along with on-site generation, battery storage and optimisation controls, Bryt Energy help businesses to reduce energy consumption and costs for businesses as well as improve their sustainability. They lead by example and have contributed to many of SWM’s activities since joining as members.

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. They take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost. Their main mission: to unleash innovation and open new markets to capture the clean growth opportunity. Some of their work with us can be found here.

Other members leading on the theme of Sustainable Energy Use include:

Aston University and EBRI
CREST
Contented Ltd
CR Plus LTd
EcoFocus Group
Ecuity Consulting LLP
Exergy
Green Shropshire Exchange
Groundwork UK
INRG Solar
Save Money Cut Carbon
Southern Staffordshire Community Energy Limited