Environment and Energy

West Midlands – Home of the Green Industrial Revolution 

The West Midlands was the birthplace of the first industrial revolution, which powered global growth touching every part of our lives. But it also led to major global challenges as we began to over-exploit the earth’s scarce and precious resources. 

Now, the West Midlands, as the ‘home of the green industrial revolution’, is providing the solutions that will both protect and restore the planet. We’ve produced a short film that highlights some of these strengths and innovations, and a prospectus that provides more detail on the industrial and research assets of the region, and opportunities for investment.

Our Plans

In June 2019, the WMCA declared a climate emergency and set a zero-carbon target for the West Midlands by 2041.

By March 2021, we had published our first Five Year Plan setting out our priorities for decarbonising the region and becoming a leader in the green industrial revolution. Our ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions requires action from all us, including:

Our work also involves creating a more circular and resource efficient economy for the West Midlands, and working with partners to protect, restore and enhance our natural environment – creating greener places and cleaner air. 

Natural Environment Plan

We're ambitious around plans to address climate change, resource efficiency and protection and enhancement to our natural environment. This work forms a key strand of our work on environment and energy. It has been highlighted as being of strategic importance in our Five Year Plan. View our Natural Environment Plan to learn more about the work we're doing with regional partners.

WMCA Environment and Energy Board

Providing guidance and accountability for all of our work is The Environment and Energy Board. The Board supports the Mayor of the West Midlands and is made up of locally elected officials with a keen interest in delivering positive environmental outcomes for our region.


Latest Environment News

02 Sep 2021 - WM Cycle Hire extends to Warwick campus

31 Aug 2021 - Advice given to residents on winter fuel bills

25 Aug 2021 - Three new brownfield sites earmarked for investment

17 Aug 2021 - Sponsor sought for WM Cycle Hire Scheme

16 Aug 2021 - New £7.6m park and ride at Longbridge

11 Aug 2021 - Mayor launches Great Clean Up campaign

04 Aug 2021 - Work begins at eco-homes development in Telford

29 Jul 2021 - Mayor praises Wolverhampton Circular City status

23 Jul 2021 - Agreement signed to create 5000 sustainable homes

22 Jul 2021 - Transport plan launched with climate change at its core

13 Jul 2021 - Local leaders unite in call for new net zero powers

12 Jul 2021 - New green skills investment to benefit thousands

08 July 2021 - Mayor visits revolutionary local battery business

06 Jul 2021 - E-scooters help to cut car emissions

05 Jul 2021 - Low carbon manufacturing is region's fastest growing sector 

01 Jul 2021 - Mayor states case for region as a net zero leader

28 Jun 2021 - Second phase of Wolverhampton railway station opens

25 Jun 2021 - Free travel to be included in Games ticket price

23 Jun 2021 - Call for more businesses to sign up to Net Zero Pledge