Last year, IEWM worked with Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) on ‘Fit for the Future?’ – the first national review of all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships’ (LEPs) commitments to tackling climate change and embracing the low carbon economy, based on information from their latest key strategies.
The report is aimed at those working with LEPs at the local and national level to integrate climate adaptation, mitigation and the low carbon economy into the economic strategies and the billion pounds worth of investments over the next five years.
The report contains good practice case studies, benchmarking tables, maps and recommendations to those working with LEPs.
Dr Simon Slater, Director of Policy and Partnerships at Sustainability West Midlands said:
“Despite the challenges many LEPs face in terms of limited staff and resources, and an ever changing playing field, we were impressed by the number of good practice examples in strategic plans and reporting across England. However, the real test will be to see how these intentions are flowing into action with local partners.”
SWM ran an event on the 8 March to present the findings and share good practice found in the research. The event brought together representatives from LEPs from all over the country to share good practice on climate and to gain support from key national bodies on this agenda. Feedback from the event was excellent with 98% of delegates who completed an evaluation form considering the Conference to be good to excellent in terms of its organisation and content, with 90% of delegates feeling that the aims had been met to an excellent or good standard.
You can read the report here: Fit for the Future? Local Enterprise Partnerships’ Climate Ready and Low Carbon Economy Good Practice
(Second (and final) iteration to be published Friday 29 April 2016 to reflect additional evidence from LEPs)