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.
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.
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
06 Jul 2021 - E-scooters help to cut car emissions
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
21 Jun 2021 - Cycle Hire scheme expands to Sandwell
18 Jun 2021 - State of the Region report hints at challenges ahead
11 Jun 2021 - Laura Shoaf announced as interim Chief Executive of WMCA
05 Jun 2021 - Registration opens for international net zero conference
02 Jun 2021 - Futuristic 5G-enabled transport projects unveiled
24 May 2021 - Cycle hire scheme rolls in to Birmingham
17 May 2021 - £20m infrastructure work to transform Longbridge
8 May 2021 - Andy Street re-elected as Mayor of the West Midlands