West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved a new green recovery plan that includes boosting the transition to electric vehicles and introducing plug-in infrastructure “at scale”.
The blueprint - WM2041: A Programme for Implementing an Environmental Recovery - was approved by the WMCA board on June 5 coinciding with United Nations’ World Environment Day.
The plan for a green recovery builds on an existing commitment #WM2041 to make the West Midlands carbon neutral by 2041.
These plans include converting all taxis in the region to electric vehicles (EVs), expanding a mobility credits scrappage scheme across the region to swap petrol powered cars for a travel pass or Clean Air Zone compliant second hand car, as well as installing more vehicle charging points “at scale”.
The approved plans also include supporting active transport initiatives including pop-up cycle lanes and widened pavements and a green innovation challenge for SMEs to find solutions to climate change challenges.
Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said: “The region’s economic recovery from Coronavirus must be green and inclusive, and #WM2041 helps give a clear direction of how to achieve this.
“We now need to come together as a region – including businesses, communities, and local authorities - to make this plan happen and help build a stronger, greener and more inclusive recovery for everyone in the region.”