West Midlands Combined Authority speaks at our 'Sustainable Cities' forum

Mayor of West Midlands Combined Authority Andy Street visiting the Voi e-scooter warehouse in Birmingham (WMCA)

Future Cities Forum was delighted that Cllr Ian Courts, portfolio lead for the environment, clean energy and HS2 at West Midlands Combined Authority and Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, spoke at our 'Sustainable Cities' event this week.

He has recently been involved in a launch to local businesses organised by the Combined Authority Mayor, Andy Street, to promote why the West Midlands should be seen as one of the UK's leading regions in supporting the race to net zero.

Ian told Future Cities Forum:

'The West Midlands has always been at the centre of the industrial revolution and now a green industrial revolution. We have always had a strong industrial base and statistics show that our de-carbonisation efforts have really been going great guns - the fastest growth in any of our sectors.

'We looked very carefully at what would be an appropriate time for our net zero goals and consulted with people. We launched our five year plan based very much on research and the climate change agenda. It is not just about carbon zero making, it is also much about reduction in pollution and (helping) wildlife species. We want our people to have connected green spaces and our plans are not just about business for its own sake. How do we get there? Retrofit of housing is important. As an ex-housing developer, I can tell you that building houses is easy, however with retrofit every house is different and requires an in