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The West Midlands are showing the green brick road ahead


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The strength of the West Midlands in the green and low carbon technologies of the future is to be showcased to the world at the COP26 international climate conference in Glasgow, which starts in earnest today (Monday, November 1).


As the Home of the Green Industrial Revolution, the West Midlands will be at the heart of the conference demonstrating its low carbon manufacturing prowess and ingenuity as it races to meet its ambitious target of becoming a net-zero region by 2041.


The Mayor is set to deliver a speech in the COP26 United Nations pavilion on November 11 in which he will talk about the region’s ongoing work in building a zero-emission transport system – a project that received £1bn of additional funding in last week’s Budget announcement.


On the same day, he will be at the COP26 UK pavilion where he will launch a new initiative that will see carbon-cutting actions taken on a neighbourhood-wide scale rather than at an individual household level.


Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “So, as the eyes of the world focus on the UK for leadership on climate action at COP26, the West Midlands is ready to face up to our moral responsibility and play our role in leading this change.


“Our #WM2041 goal to become a net-zero region within the next two decades will be far from easy, particularly as it is a target that is well ahead of many others around the world. But with hundreds of thousands of jobs on the line, there is an economic imperative – as well as an environmental one – to get this done.


“I look forward to using COP26 to showcase the West Midlands, our ambitious plans, and the brilliant companies and innovations that make us the home of the Green Industrial Revolution.”


Low-carbon manufacturing and goods are now the West Midlands’ fastest-growing sector, employing close to 100,000 people. Some of the region’s most innovative businesses will showcase their products at the day-long Roadshow, including electric vehicles, energy system solutions and construction technologies and products.


Through a range of panel sessions, workshops, roundtables and the product expo, delegates will gain a unique glimpse into the innovations and thinking that make the West Midlands the Home of the Green Industrial Revolution.


Those wishing to attend the Regional Roadshow can book tickets via the Eventbrite websitehttps://bit.ly/3birHiK


Dan Storer, chief investment officer at the West Midlands Growth Company – the region’s official investment promotion agency – said: “This event marks the first of many milestones where we will be putting our net-zero offer in the international spotlight, with further activity under our Business and Tourism Programme, set to engage more climate-conscious companies across the Commonwealth with what the region has to offer in the run-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”


Written by: David Watkins

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