The findings of a recent survey of the key strategies of all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) has placed our partners at the D2N2 LEP amongst the top five in the country in every category. The survey measured how the key strategies of each LEP addressed climate change and the low carbon economy. It also placed them third overall.
The independent survey was carried out for Sustainability West Midlands and is aimed at all 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 becoming available over the next five years.
The study is the first national review of the commitment of all 39 LEPs to tackling climate change and embracing the low carbon economy.
As well as placing the D2N2 LEP third overall, it praised them for their efforts to map opportunities within the low carbon sector such as power generation, low carbon buildings construction, carbon capture and storage, environmental services and low carbon vehicles and fuels.
Dr Simon Slater, Director of Policy and Partnerships at Sustainability West Midlands said: “…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.”
The report also recommended that LEPs identify a sustainability board champion or sustainability working groups to help drive forward results on climate change and the low carbon economy.
Tim Farr, chair of the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership (LDN LNP) welcomed the report, saying he was pleased our LNP had the opportunity to input into our partner’s key strategies. “We have a close working relationship with the D2N2 LEP”, he said “and we are pleased this assessment reflects both their and our efforts to ensure the value and importance of the environment is always at the heart of economic decision-making in our region”.
Article on Sustainability West Midlands website
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