Planning for a Climate Emergency: delivering a net zero carbon economy in the West Midlands

Conference papers available

31 July 2019

On 25 July CSE, in partnership with the Town and Country Planning Association and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, CSE held a 1 day conference in Ludlow to discuss how Local Authorities, and other actors in the Marches LEP area can help plan for a Climate Emergency and deliver a zero carbon economy in the West Midlands.

Drawing on national examples, the day examined options available to business, local government, and neighbourhood planners to ensure a rapid decarbonisation of development and economic activity in the West Midlands. Following on from this conference CSE are able to offer free planning support to Local Authorities and neighbourhood plan groups in the Marches LEP area who are aiming to deliver on climate emergency declarations. For further information please contact

Please see below for power point slides from the conference presentations, the agenda, and our latest work on the West of England Carbon Reduction Requirement Study. For further information on our neighbourhood planning support programme please see our low carbon neighbourhood planning project.

Conference Agenda


Sara Grimes, Bath and Northeast Somerset Council

Graham McGrath, CSE

Hugh Ellis, Town and Country Planning Association

Tim Yair, The Midlands Energy Hub

The following organisations were represented at the conference:

AceOn Group
Avara Foods
Bridgnorth Aluminium
Cadent Gas
Caplor Energy
Coventry City Council
Hatchers Solicitors LLP
Herefordshire Council
Kensa Group ltd
Ludlow 21
Ludlow Town Council
Marches Business Environment Networks
Marches Nature Partnership National Federation of the Blind of the UK 
NiBS Ltd
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Principle Biogas
Shropshire Council
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Stretton Climate Care
Sustainability West Midlands
Telford & Wrekin Council
University of Chester
University of Hertfordshire
Worcestershire County Council
Loumarsh Soloutions
Green Xchange Shropshire
Transition Telford

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