Sustainable Growth

Empowering the economic development of the West Midlands whilst encouraging environmental improvement

Target:  By 2030, increase GVA per head by 40% from 2020 levels

Why this theme?

The sustainable and inclusive economic development of the region is essential. The West Midlands is one of three trailblazing regions to publish its Local Industrial Strategy which includes low carbon technology, energy and clean growth as sector strengths with the draft Low Carbon Sector Action Plan recently being released.

The Low Carbon & Environmental Technology sector is expected to grow dramatically in response to the need to decarbonise our economy. The sector is expected to grow by 11% per year between 2015-2030 across the UK, which is  four times the growth rate of the UK economy overall.  In the West Midlands, the Low Carbon and Environmental Technology sector is a small but rapidly emerging part of the economy.

We will work with our existing members who operate in the low carbon goods and services sector to scale up activities and share good practice.

Development of the target

This target  focuses more on the even distribution of economic growth across the region (i.e. ‘per head’) rather than absolute growth.  Developing this target has been carried out primarily by reviewing both national and local strategies. In particular, we looked at the UK Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Strategy , the Local Industrial Strategy and Strategic Economic Plans.

Future refinement of this target will ideally incorporate data reflecting growth in the Low Carbon Goods and Environmental Technology sector, but such data is not reliably available at present.

What our Members are doing

The West Midlands Combined Authority works with our Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to achieve social, economic and environmental aims. The West Midlands is the largest economy outside of London and continues to grow. Read about the work the WMCA is doing to ensure the West Midlands remains an economically strong region.

Ricoh is a long established organisation with sustainability embedded in everything they practice. An example of how they’ve done this would be Comet Circle. In 1994, they established the Comet Circle, their own circular economy model. The Comet Circle explains their approach to reusing parts and recycling materials within the organisation and across their wider economic activities, supplier network and product lifecycles.

Other members leading on the theme of Sustainable Growth include:

BITC
Cycle-R
EnTRESS
Fit for the Future Network
Midlands Environmental Business Company
sben
Winning Moves