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. 

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

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

21 Jun 2021 - Cycle Hire scheme expands to Sandwell

18 Jun 2021 - State of the Region report hints at challenges ahead

15 Jun 2021 - West Midlands firm puts wind in the sails of climate action

11 Jun 2021 - Laura Shoaf announced as interim Chief Executive of WMCA

09 Jun 2021 - Electric vehicle training centre launches at Walsall College

07 Jun 2021 - Cycle hire scheme success with almost 500 bike rides a day

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

20 May 2021 - Work starts on Perry Barr station following demolition of old buildings

17 May 2021 - £20m infrastructure work to transform Longbridge

10 May 2021 - Contractor unveiled for Curzon Street station development

8 May 2021 - Andy Street re-elected as Mayor of the West Midlands