SWM Annual Conference – Delivering the West Midlands Combined Authority Sustainability Priorities
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SWM Annual Conference – Delivering the West Midlands Combined Authority Sustainability Priorities

In early September our work on setting out the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) environmental priorities for Councillor Harley, the new portfolio lead for the environment, was approved by the Mayor and a packed WMCA Board.

Our Annual Conference is the next opportunity for our partners, members, and networks to help shape delivery of the WMCA sustainability priorities.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s keynote speech will come from Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Dame Julia King  who will challenge the roles of cities, elected Mayors and LEPs in delivering our carbon emissions reduction targets and ensuring that our urban areas are resilient to the risks of climate change, to ensure  a healthy and prosperous future for the UK’s citizens in the face of a changing climate.

Andy Street will share with us his aspirations for the region building on his 2020 aims. We’ll be running workshops where you can contribute to discussions about the sustainability priorities for the region and how we can drive delivery. Your input is critical!

We’ll share various examples of good practice from around the region and our latest research on the progress of the West Midlands towards our Vision and Roadmap.

We’re also very excited that the winners of the Climate-KIC Birmingham City Energy Challenge will be announced as part of the conference. The Energy Challenge is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and visionaries to bring forward energy solutions that correspond to challenges in the West Midlands. The theme is “Innovations to engage customers and users as active participants in the regional energy system”. There are two prizes of €10,000 up for grabs. For information on the Energy Challenge contact Encraft on 01926 312159 or energychallenge@encraft.co.uk.

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