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Climate resilience

The Inclusive Growth Framework translates inclusive growth from an intellectual concept to into a reality that can be put into practice to build a fairer, greener and better connected region

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Climate resilience


Climate resilience is the capacity to which our social and economic ecosystems can cope with the multiple risks, uncertainty and threats posed by climate change. We can become more resilient to climate change if we work within the planetary limits, or by making adaptations which increase our ability to cope with the risks, uncertainties, and threats.

Climate resilience reminds us that continuous growth is not sustainable if we use up natural resources faster than the Earth can renew them.

We are recognising that we shouldn't keep growing without considering the Earth's limits. 


In our climate resilience fundamental, we're focusing on four important areas for our region: how we use energy, manage waste, reduce emissions, and protect biodiversity.

Our climate strategy, called #WM2041, aims to achieve net zero emissions by the year 2041. This strategy highlights the importance of creating more green and blue spaces, increasing recycling rates, and promoting a circular economy, an economy that minimises waste. Key considerations include:

  1. Ensuring that everyone benefits as we transition to a more environmentally friendly economy.​
  2. Investing in the resilience of our places so that our communities can adapt to the challenges of climate change ​
  3. Using the region’s industrial past to create a new future.​
  4. Create places and connections that help us to meet the climate challenge ​
  5. Decoupling prosperity from the consumption of energy and resources​


Carbon emissions decoupled from economic growth and reduced to net zero by 2041.


  • Total carbon emissions
  • Carbon emissions per capita
  • Household waste sent for reuse, recycling and composting
  • Energy use and energy intensity
  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity
  • Proportion of households fuel poor, %
  • Gap between best and worst green space per person and minoritised population indices

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