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

In 2020 we published a green paper to start a conversation about the actions required for the region to achieve its carbon target, whilst delivering an inclusive, prosperous, and fair transition that leaves nobody behind.

The analysis of the feedback from the consultation
coincided with the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the WMCA produced “WM2041 – A Programme for Implementing an Environmental Recovery."

WMCA Environment Board

The Board was established to help WMCA become ‘best in class’ in terms of the delivery of ‘clean, inclusive and resilient growth’. The Board provides advice and support to WMCA activity, helping engage with wider stakeholder networks and activity, identify and scale up existing good practice within the WMCA area, and identify and secure resources to deliver new opportunities.

Our current programme activity is outlined below. You can find further information on our current activity in the Programme Activity section below.

We are currently producing the first Five Year Plan to accelerate our activity for delivering our net zero carbon target for 2041. The plan will be available in early 2021.


WM2041 Programme


Latest Environment News

16 Mar 2021 - Hospital tree planting contributes to virtual forest

15 Mar 2021 - Old polluting cars crushed in mobility credit scheme

10 Mar 2021 - On-demand bus service launched at University of Warwick

9 Mar 2021 - WMCA launch Net Zero Pathfinder plans

9 Mar 2021 - Expert taskforce appointed to unlock publicly owned land

8 Mar 2021 - Cycle hire launch in Wolverhampton and Sutton Coldfield

2 Mar 2021 - Contractor appointed for National Brownfield Institute

1 Mar 2021 - Work begins on new Sprint bus routes 

25 Feb 2021 - WMCA funds new training centre for mechanics of electric vehicles

25 Feb 2021 - New 'accelerator' will grow start-ups that tackle climate change

24 Feb 2021 - £30m investment in bus services through Dudley, Sandwell and Birmingham

23 Feb 2021 - Better Streets fund helps Wolverhampton families to get into cycling

18 Feb 2021 - Ten startups pioneering new 5G tech in West Midlands

16 Feb 2021 - New Gigafactory planned for Coventry Airport