The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved plans for a “green” recovery from Covid-19’s economic impacts on the region, in what is believed to be a UK first. Building on the Authority’s existing commitment to transition the region to net-zero carbon emissions by 2041, nine years ahead of the national target, the blueprint outlines a series of measures designed to drive energy efficiency, decarbonise energy and transport systems and tackle air pollution. It commits the WMCA, which comprises 18 councils and three local enterprise partnerships, to developing and rolling out a retrofitting scheme for “old and cold” homes across the region; accelerating its roll-out of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) and expanding active transport initiatives. The Authority will also work with stakeholders in the private and public sectors to develop a roadmap for speeding up the region’s automotive industry’s transition to EVs, given that Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Dennis Eagle and GKN Driveline all have manufacturing facilities in the West Midlands.
Edie 10th June 2020 read more »
Labour Party Green Recovery Consultation.
Labour Party 10th June 2020 read more »
A low-carbon and renewable energy economy could create nearly 700,000 jobs in England by 2030, with the potential of more than 1.18 million jobs created by 2050, according to a report by the Local Government Association (LGA). The LGA’s “Local green jobs” report showed demand for environmentally friendly jobs would rapidly increase as the UK transitions to a net zero emissions economy. It also suggested that focussing on a low-carbon economy could help to counter job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which are likely to increase further when the government’s furlough scheme ends.
Independent 11th June 2020 read more »