West Midlands plans for net zero by 2041

The West Midlands Combined Authority has proposed reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 13% each year to 2041, in reaction to the climate crisis.

The West Midlands Combined Authority has proposed reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 13% each year to 2041, in reaction to the climate crisis.

A report outlining 74 measures to raise the rate from its current 3.8% per year is expected to be approved at a board meeting on Friday. Six weeks of public consultation will begin at its formal launch on 23 January.

The ‘#WM2041’ report outlines radical policies on car ownership, tree planting, skills, the energy efficiency of rented homes and a new national park. But it cautions that “these ideas are not set in stone”. Responses to it will feed in to the development of a comprehensive climate strategy later this year.

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