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Home of the Green Industrial Revolution

Home of the Green Industrial Revolution

The West Midlands was at the heart of the first industrial revolution. Coal and steam powered a global explosion in growth that underpinned advances in science, medicine, transport and food production. 

But we now know this came at a cost to our planet. Our region owes a debt to the world, and we want to give something back.

Building for the future

Leading the Green Industrial Revolution means growing our economy while protecting our natural resources and reversing damage to the environment.

“Our traditional industries are still some of the most polluting in the country, and the region remains over reliant on carbon-emitting forms of transport. But with the right investment, public and private, we can lead a transition to net zero that leaves nobody behind.”

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands Combined Authority

Low carbon industries across the region are thriving, helping us reach our target of next zero emissions by 2041. The sector is worth over £12bn, employing nearly 100,000 people.

  • Coventry & Warwickshire employs 28 times the UK average in electricity transmission
  • The Black Country employs 5 times the UK average in securing recycled materials
  • Birmingham and Solihull employs 5 times the UK average in building management systems and activities

Local colleges, universities and research companies are driving innovations in environmental solutions, creating unrivalled economic opportunities. Their efforts are focussed on greener transport, smarter energy and better resource management.

Our Green Industrial Revolution