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West Midlands Combined Authority reveals green recovery plan

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.”

Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Keynote speakers included: 

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who spoke on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.


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