We have used Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) – the government recognised regional sustainability champion body – as our sustainability commission. They have provided independent advice, monitoring, and coordination and engagement with a diverse range of local networks and partners.

As a result we have set or are developing a range of carbon reduction, air quality, waste, fuel poverty, natural environment, green business growth, health inequality improvement targets to guide ‘clean, inclusive and resilient growth’ in our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

We have established the WMCA Environment Board with a range of workstreams to help us become ‘best in class’ compared to the independent sustainability benchmark set by SWM for Combined Authorities.

In practice this means a mixture of activities including overall sustainability reporting on economic, social and environmental progress built into the WMCA SEP and Performance Management Framework led by our strategy team, maximising the overall impacts of all programmes led by the programme team, and the operations led by the assets team. The WMCA also commission specific programmes to address clean growth gaps and opportunities, such as supporting the Energy Capital initiative to develop Energy Innovation Zones.

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