SWM News July 2018 - Can policy translate into action?
month has seen numerous publications including the Government’s Road to Zero Strategy focused on
measures to lead in zero emission vehicles, the National Infrastructure Assessment
setting a vision for sustainable economic infrastructure for
the UK and a plan to achieve it and National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios.
published is the new National Adaptation Programme
(NAP), version two, setting out key actions that Government and
others need to take to adapt to the challenges of climate change in
the next five years and detailing how Government will manage the
third cycle of adaptation reporting.
fact that we have a NAP is clearly a positive thing and we welcome
the publication of this new version. The UK is showing that it
understands the climate risks we face, as reflected by last year’s UK Climate Change Risk
Assessment, and moreover that we have a good idea of
what the government needs to do to tackle the problems of flooding,
overheating, storms and other extremes of weather in various
different sectors, such as the natural environment, infrastructure,
local government, communities and business.
is recognition enough anymore? Every year hundreds of people are
badly affected by extreme weather and for now we watch closely lest
this respite from the relentless dry and hot weather is only
temporary. We should all have a duty to protect and support our
population with this problem – but our plea is to give us some
resources to fulfil it.
‘Our Comment’ for our full
perspective of the latest NAP.
Carr, Sustainability Adviser, on behalf of Sustainability West Midlands
3 August. Register
your interest for the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund:
Phase 7. £10m is available. Deadline to apply is 14 September
but register by 3 August!
20 August. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
is encouraging the development of sustainable, low carbon
business activity by offering their support.
29 August. Innovate
UK and OLEV are offering a share of £20m to fund the
design, development and deployment of wireless electric
vehicle charging infrastructure.
31 August. £9.2m in co-funding is
available from the Carbon Trust. It is open to all
manufacturing sectors and targeting innovative projects for
19 September. Innovate UK will invest up to
£12.5m in innovative projects to transform UK construction,
improving productivity, quality and performance.
19 September. Centre
for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles is to invest up to £25m in industry-led projects
that develop and pilot CAV services at scale in the UK.
30 September. Anthesis
Energy UK has a pot of funding for the
replacement of communal or district heating systems that is
attached to housing.
March 2019. SMEs can
obtain free energy audits and 40%
grant funding towards energy efficiency measures in Greater
Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.
May 2019. SMEs can
benefit from the Keele Research and Innovation Support
Programme (KRISP) to help develop products,
processes or services.
The Community and Environment Fund
is to provide benefits to communities along the route
disrupted by the construction of HS2.
the past year we have promoted >£600 million of accessible funding.
SWM and member events
hosts their annual Low Carbon Vehicles seminar
between 12 and 13 September where over 90 speakers are
and Warwickshire Green Business Programme team
invites you to join them in a beginner’s course using Autodesk Revit software on 12
and 13 September.
of Warwick invites
you to join its local authority Sustainable Energy conference on 14 September.
University, as part
of the Low Carbon SMEs programme, is hosting a workshop on 14 September to
help SMEs become more resource efficient.
with the Innovation Alliance for the West
Midlands, is running the next Innovative Low Carbon
Working Group meeting at members EBRI on 18 September.
and Warwickshire Green Business Programme is
running an introduction to Navisworks
event which will take place on 18 and 19 September.
and Warwickshire Green Business Programme wants to help you create a
workplace that reduces costs and improves efficiency at an
event on 19 September.
Manufacturing Group is hosting an event on 20
September that will focus on Energy Storage Technology and the
work being undertaken by WMG and JLR.
Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is
supporting this year’s Venturefest, a fantastic
opportunity for SMEs to pitch their innovative ideas, on 27
Change Solutions is hosting
their ‘Making Places Last’ event on
7 November, focusing on low carbon, sustainable housing.
full list of our members is on our website.
SWM and member updates
welcomes Tom Hendy, our new
welcomes new members, the Centre for Research into Environmental
Science & Technology (CREST) and Coventry University.
County Council, with
partners, has been delivering a series of workshops about
flood risk in schools. We’ve written a case study about
is looking to fill the
role of ‘Assistant Technical Specialist’
who will support on the development of their low emission
deadline is 10 August.
Shropshire Xchange is
hosting a public consultation to gain
wider views on the draft electric vehicle charging strategy;
deadline is 17 September.
Environmental Business Company has
opened applications for its Business Awards 2018 for
Innovation and Sustainability. Apply before 30 September.
WMCA has been shaping the
proposal (see here, item 9) to
strengthen the Environment Board, reviewing progress and is
developing a Low Emissions Strategy.
WMCA has launched ‘Thrive at Work’, a
commitment aiming to create a workplace that promotes employee
health and wellbeing; you can sign up!
Systems Catapult recently
published its report ‘Preparing UK Electricity Networks for
Electric Vehicles’, in which they provide some key
Systems Catapult is
looking at how local area planning can be
used to identify the right technologies to enable a
cost-effective low carbon transition.
Environment Agency has
been teaming up with leading UK brands to tackle the Great
British #PlasticsChallenge; you can get involved too.
Environment Agency has
concluded that water companies need to do more to protect the
environment. Read their report to see the
Committee on Climate Change has
delivered four key messages to
Government to reduce UK emissions, based on the lessons learnt
from the last decade.
University of Birmingham will
receive a Green Flag award as Edgbaston campus has been
recognised as one of the UK’s best green spaces!
University of Wolverhampton based
Brownfield Research and Innovation
Centre (BRIC) is open, offering a range of services
to SMEs in the Black Country.
has released their report
on ‘Automated and Autonomous Public
Transport’, taking a look at the future of public
transport in the UK.
Manufacturing Group is
bringing EV Charging Points to the market
in the form of lamp-posts, some are already in place around
the University campus.
has been supporting LEPs
with stakeholder engagement to help develop their energy
strategies. The latest workshops we ran were
for Worcestershire LEP.
in partnership with our members Fit for the Future Network,
ran an event on biodiversity and climate change
on 12 July.
has produced a case study
reflecting our work with North Warwickshire and Hinckley
College – we were brought in to reinvigorate their
will be supporting the
Heritage Lottery Fund with its sustainability agenda over the
next few months. Get in touch to find out what
support we can provide to you!
recently published our new report assessing how the
combined authorities are performing against a series of
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news and events
County Council is
looking to fill eight senior energy officer positions,
one for each Midlands LEP, by 12 August.
City Council wants to
hear how introducing a Clean Air Zone will affect you and your
business. A consultation is open until
National Infrastructure Commission has
published the National Infrastructure Assessment
in which they provide core proposals for the future of the UK.
Agency for SMEs aims to
deliver all the information needed to complete an application
for the 2019 project proposals under Horizon 2020 Challenge 5.
Grid has published its Future Energy Scenarios, a
report that looks to identify a range of credible scenarios
for the next thirty years and beyond.
is searching for entrepreneurs to pitch their ‘cleantech’
start-up to an expert jury. Promising entrepreneurs
can then join their Accelerator Programme.
Forum Events is
hosting ‘Public Health: The Unusual Suspects’
on 24 October. An interesting look into less conventional
health issues and their solutions.
UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development has
recently published a report on the
UK’s performance in meeting United Nations Sustainable
Government has confirmed
its ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra-low
emissions by 2030, as seen in their Road to Zero report.
further announced that Local Authorities can set energy
standards beyond that of part L in its revised National Planning Policy Framework.
Government has also
published the second version of the National Adaptation Programme.
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