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Combined authority launches climate change report

Published Friday, 24 January 2020

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has launched its #WM2041 report today at the to start a conversation on how everyone can play their part in tackling climate change in the region.

Following the WMCA’s declaration of a climate emergency last year, the document contains 74 potential actions that businesses, councils, the WMCA and residents could take to limit the impact of climate change and achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2041. These include:

  • Expanding electric vehicle charging points across the region
  • Developing more eco-friendly homes, including introducing a zero-carbon standard for new build homes
  • Ambitious tree-planting programmes including one tree planted for each resident, and plans for a national park, building on the work of Birmingham City University
  • Exploring plans to introduce LED street lighting across the region
  • Ambitions to create the UK’s first Gigafactory in the West Midlands

At the same time the WMCA also launched its virtual forest – a new website that allows authorities, residents and businesses to register trees they have planted. The service allows the public to track the progress of several tree planting initiatives and see the growth of the West Midlands’ virtual forest.

The WMCA will use the responses to the seven-week public engagement exercise to create a comprehensive climate strategy, which will be presented to the WMCA board later this year.

The consultation closes on the 12 March.

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