News February 2018: Is the 25 Year Environment Plan good for
the West Midlands?
January the government published the much anticipated 25 Year
Environment Plan. This helps deliver their manifesto pledge of
being the first generation to leave the environment in a better
state than we inherited it. The Plan targets reducing the use of
plastics, improving the standards of new builds, making 2019 the
Year of the Environment to raise awareness, and improving green
spaces to provide habitats for native species as some of the major
ways of achieving their goal. The plan has been viewed positively
by most but with an almost unanimous view that more needs to be
West Midlands has various opportunities to help meet targets set in
the 25 Year Environment Plan. For example, the region has a high
concentration of waste recycling companies due to our manufacturing
base and location as a national logistic hub. The drive for higher
environmental standards for housing will help our work with the
West Midlands Combined Authority and our members such as the Sustainable
Housing Action Partnership. With SWM already providing independent
annual sustainability monitoring for the West Midlands Combined
Authority, could this be expanded with partners and members to
include a measure of natural capital? To find out more read ‘Our Comment’.
Evans, Volunteer Communications Officer, on behalf of the SWM team.
- By 7 March 2018. Up to £30million of
match funding is available through APC9: Anchoring low carbon technology
development in the UK.
- By 7 March 2018. Apply for business growth funding to
support business growth and development, new markets,
developing and promoting new products.
- By 30 March 2018. Greater Birmingham
& Solihull LEP 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 Greater
Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country areas.
1 April 2017, we have promoted £510 million of accessible funding.
Other SWM and member
- Win SWM membership! But be quick- only
two more days to enter our competition.
- The Innovation
Alliance for the West Midlands, our partners in
running the Innovative Low Carbon Working Group, has launched its new website.
- SWM and the
Innovation Alliance ran a workshop on 13 February
looking at how we can stimulate innovation in the sustainable
- SWM has produced a case study
reflecting the work we carried out for BEIS analysing the low
carbon and energy commitments made by LEPs, Core Cities and
- The Institute of
Civil Engineering (ICE) WM Awards recognise excellence in innovation
within civil engineering and include a sustainability
category. The deadline for entries is 15 March.
- ICE are reaching out to
the wider community to explain how civil engineers transform
lives through the Café 200 initiative, and
launching their Lunch and Learn series of online talks.
- Transport for West
Midlands and Coventry City Council have received
government funding to implement low emission buses into their
fleets to improve air quality.
- Ecuity, on behalf of SWM,
have published the latest policy update. Ecuity assess
the policy landscape following the Clean Growth Strategy and changes
to support for renewable heating.
- Mott MacDonald are searching for a
new Senior Environmental Consultant
to join their core team in Birmingham.
- Groundwork West
Midlands are recruiting for
an Environmental & Health & Safety
to join their team in Tipton. Closing date is
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Other news and events
- Consultation. The government is consulting on the
Adaptation Reporting Power, a requirement under the Climate
Change Act 2008.
Development Goals. A study looks at
challenges that companies face when trying to achieve the SDGs as well as
the benefits of achieving these goals.
- Climate Action
Network West Midlands are holding six workshops
addressing concerns such as transport, food, energy housing
employment and education.
- Business Growth. The Global Business Accelerator Programme
from Innovate UK provides opportunities to explore
opportunities in specific countries and market areas.
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