The climate emergency is at the heart of everything WECA does – including our plans for economic growth and recovery following the Covid-19 outbreak. Our recovery taskforce has a low carbon business group providing advice on green growth that benefits every resident.
There is huge amount of work going on to reduce carbon emissions in our region. We have committed significant investment to innovation, low carbon public transport, walking and cycling, renewable energy generation and supporting businesses to transition to low carbon ways of doing things so that work originating in the West of England has a truly global impact.
- Investing £5m in the new Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI) project – this will reduce carbon emissions by developing better products that are lighter, more fuel efficient and have less waste
- Allocating £10m to fund walking and cycling measures and £3m for active travel and public transport measures that can be rapidly implemented to support coronavirus recovery
- £10 million investment in the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) global centre of excellence developing ultra-low and zero emission vehicles
- Our £1.7m West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund – supporting small and medium-sized businesses to improve their energy efficiency through the Green Business Grant, and increasing innovative renewable energy generation in the region to deliver community benefits through the Local Energy scheme.
In the West of England, carbon emissions have reduced 35 per cent since 2005, through renewable energy generation, insulating homes and reductions in coal generation. The region emits 14% less carbon per person than the national average.
Our transport plans focus on tackling congestion and improving transport options, giving people a practical and realistic alternative to using the car. Addressing poor air quality and taking action against climate change are key objectives of our region’s Joint Local Transport Plan.
We know we all need to do more, and achieving clean growth is at the heart of our Local Industrial Strategy and our plans for recovery. It will increase our productivity, boost earning power and help protect the climate and environment upon which we and future generations depend.
In October we will publish an ambitious action plan which brings together our plans to tackle the climate emergency and our plans for economic recovery and renewal – to be delivered in partnership with Government, local authorities and other partners – which will set out the scale of the challenge and the action WECA can take to help accelerate delivery building on the action that is already happening in the region.