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Key findings from stakeholders


  • Energy efficiency, alternative modes of transport and alternative fuels need to be the focus.
  • Recognition of the importance of nature-based solutions, which should go beyond just tree planting.
  • Interventions should not just be technological – behaviour change is key.
  • There are existing commitments around net zero, and varying degrees of implementation that should be included.

Jobs and Skills:

  • Engagement and alignment between educational institutions and employment providers is key.
  • The partnerships and delivery mechanisms are already in place.
  • Low carbon jobs and skills is still in its infancy with limited confidence and understanding of what the ‘Green Recovery’ actually means in terms of jobs and skills.
  • Renewable energy and automotive skills perceived as most important, by most respondents.

Delivery Mechanisms:

  • Integration and alignment across the region is vital – we all have a role.
  • Local authorities need to have a central role in delivering and supporting private organisations.
  • Importance of having a regional approach with the West Midlands Combined Authority.
  • Engagement and collaboration with suppliers and wider industry seen as key to delivery.
  • Behaviour change and acceptability of interventions and how they are delivered is important.
  • There is a need for support through the planning system and consistent policy on land us.


  • Main barriers – access to finance & funding structure, followed by regional powers & infrastructure.
  • Clear structures and avenues for funding for each intervention would instil confidence.
  • There is a need for national grid to be able support energy efficient transitions.
  • The plan needs to include real costs, practicalities, accessible funding options and constraints.
  • Concerns were raised around paybacks and how much time these might take to be realised.