The Midlands Engine has shared its vision for ‘green growth’ which includes a commitment to create at least 196,000 jobs across the region by 2041.
The organisation has worked with 300 partners from business, local government and academia to launch its Ten Point Plan for Green Growth to help drive the region’s economy and recovery in the wake of Covid-19.
It is the first time a unified vision has been proposed by the Midlands to deliver a greener future for its communities and address the economic and social impacts of the pandemic.
As part of the plan, the Midlands is committing to deliver a 36 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions and create 196,000 high-value, high-skilled jobs to boost productivity and generate a further £24.2 billion for the region’s economy by 2041.
The plan also aims to support the Government’s own Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution released in November last year.
Midland Engine chairman Sir John Peace said: “Right now, the low carbon energy transformation and active steps to harness and grow natural capital are creating exceptional opportunities for sustainable recovery and growth in the Midlands.
“Our Ten Point Plan for Green Growth sets out how we will translate opportunity into reality, securing success through the power of partnership – driving economic and environmental impact at scale in every part of our region.
“Our partners across the Midlands are already leading in, and will remain at the heart of, the UK’s Green Industrial Revolution.
“In co-authoring our plan, with shared commitments for delivery together, our partners agree: now is the time to stand together, to act in concert and accelerate our impact, together.”
Partners and stakeholders from across the region include Siemens Energy, the Energy Research Accelerator, EDF Energy, the National Trust, Toyota, Cadent Gas, Make UK and Cenex.
Steve Scrimshaw, vice president at Siemens Energy UK&I, said: “We are delighted to be involved in and support the Midlands Engine Partnership in this Green Growth agenda and look forward to working with colleagues in the mobilisation and delivery of an ambitious Ten Point Plan, a plan that aims to benefit all parts of the Midlands as we accelerate programmes and initiatives to reach net zero.”
Sally Brewis, head of regional development at Coventry-headquartered Cadent Gas Ltd, said: “We are collaborating with other green growth partners to create our plans in support of actions outlined in this plan.
“We see huge potential for creating low carbon hydrogen production clusters in the Midlands helping to decarbonise homes and businesses. This, in turn, will help support innovation and green growth.”
Midlands Engine champion Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, added: “At the heart of economic recovery and levelling up in the Midlands is net zero growth.
“This will require urgent, collective action across many areas and these are now, thanks to the collaborative work of more than 300 voices from across the Midlands, prioritised in this regional Ten Point Plan for Green Growth across the Midlands Engine.
“This Plan is the key to the Midlands Engine unlocking potential and driving the actions that will benefit communities, businesses and the natural environment in every part of our region.”