News December 2017: Thanks for your support in 2017, and Merry
Comment: Thanks for
your support in 2017, and Merry Christmas
2017 comes to a close, we reflect on what has been a successful
year at SWM. We have delivered
many interesting projects for new
partners, appointed our new Chair Tim Haywood and Young Director Matt Beveridge to the board,
recruited new staff and have a whole host of new members. After several difficult
years it feels like we may have turned a corner, with
sustainability and the low carbon economy being central to policies
such as the Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Strategy.
are just some of our highlights in 2017:
- Working with the
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) as sustainability
delivery partner. Helping establish the Environment Board and
associated delivery programme. Providing benchmarking against other
- Working with BEIS
to repeat our previous national benchmark of LEPs and this
time including combined authorities and Core Cities in our
analysis. Sharing the results at a national conference in
- Supporting low
carbon energy activity including Energy Capital, the
development of the Marches LEP Energy Strategy and the
delivery of heat network feasibility studies with Warwick
- Hosting our seventh
successful annual conference for 100
delegates with WM Mayor Andy Street returning to share his
vision for sustainability, Baroness Brown of Cambridge
showcasing the work of the Committee on Climate Change and our
stakeholders contributing to the shaping of the WMCA
- Coordinating nine good practice networks
for businesses, local authorities, the health sector,
universities and community groups focusing on innovation,
resilience and sustainability.
couldn’t deliver this activity without the support of our funders,
board, members and stakeholders and we would like to thank each one
of you for working with us this year.
just published the results of our annual customer survey
and will work on the feedback received to ensure we go from
strength to strength in 2018.
Anna Bright, Chief Executive, on behalf of
the SWM team.
- By 15 January 2018. Grow Wild is awarding £2,000
or £4,000 to groups and projects which focus on native UK
wildflowers, plants or fungi.
- By 26 January 2018. A £3m research and innovation ERDF call
is open in GBSLEP, which could include suitable low carbon
- By 30 March 2018. GBSLEP is looking
for proposals to its Sustainable Urban Development programme.
£11m of ERDF is available.
- By March 2019. SMEs can obtain free energy audits and 40%
grant funding towards energy efficiency measures in the
Greater Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country areas.
- £84 million of funding is available for artificial
intelligence, robotics research and smart energy innovation
through various government initiatives.
- Innovate UK has up to £19 million to invest in the
best ideas for new innovations in a wide range of technology
and business areas.
Since 1 April 2017, we have promoted £500 million of accessible funding.
Other SWM and member updates
- The Environment
Agency’s awards are held in March 2018 for
projects that have delivered excellent results in flood
prevention, coastal risk or resilience.
- sben is
recruiting for an Environmental Support Assistant,
the closing date for which is 4 January 2018.
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- Devolution. The second devolution deal for the West
Midlands has been agreed and contains commitments related to
energy, transport and air quality.
- Health. The WMCA has
released West Midlands on the Move, aiming
to help promote physical activity whilst achieving economic
- Energy. Heart of England
Community Energy is about to launch its first share offer allowing
people to purchase shares in three solar farms in
- Industrial Strategy. We have posted a brief regional overview of
the Industrial Strategy, published at the end of November, on
- Awards. Nominations for
the sixth NHS Sustainability Awards are
open until March, awarding prizes to professionals working to
improve environmental outcomes.
- UK Energy Research Centre has produced a
report examining UK local authority clean energy plans
- Waste. The government has published a report looking at
the link between prosperity and resource efficiency.
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