sustainable east midlands

Regional and National Strategies

Below are details of regional and national strategies relating to sustainability, clean growth and the wider environment.

Regional Strategy

The Midlands Engine Partnership brings together public sector partners and businesses, as well as local and combined authorities, local enterprise partnerships and academics within the Midlands region.

Their approach is apolitical and focused on economic growth and improving quality of life for communities in the Midlands.

This document sets out how the Midlands Engine will drive collective action to safeguard the environment for future generations. It focuses on places, including green buildings, Net Zero transport, nature recovery and blue-green places. It also outlines plans for energy, including low-carbon hydrogen, clean energy and smart energy. The plan lastly focuses on enablers such as green innovation, the energy workforce and green finance.

Read the strategy here.

The hydrogen strategy published in December 2021 outlines the Midlands position in expertise to apply, manufacture and deliver on hydrogen technologies. The strategy outlines current projects that are pursuing opportunities for hydrogen deployment and also gives detail on potential projects going forward.

Read the strategy here.

Derby City Council commissioned Arup to study the potential of hydrogen as an energy source for the region. The report was published in August, 2021.

The roadmap looks at five key areas; production, distribution and storage, heating, transport, industry and jobs.

This report provides evidence that Derby and the wider D2N2 region has the potential to be front runners is establishing a hydrogen economy.

Read the strategy here.

The D2N2 Energy Strategy sets out linked targets and actions that align with stakeholder feedback and local aspirations. The document outlines local opportunities for the D2N2 region to explore and benefit from. The aim being to make the region pioneers in clean growth by 2030.

Read the strategy here.

The action plan, published June 2020, sets out high level objectives to achieve a carbon-neutral Nottingham by 2028. The plan focuses on; Carbon Reduction Measures, Resilience and Adaptation and Ecology and Biodiversity.

Read the action plan here.

Derby’s Climate Change Strategy was published in 2015. It is currently being updated by the climate commission to be in line with the Derby’s goal of Zero Carbon by 2035.

More information can be found at Derby City Council.

The Leicester City Council Environmental policy sets out the councils goals for managing the environmental impact of council’s services – except schools.

The policy in full can be found here.

National Strategy

Relevant national strategy relating to sustainability, clean growth and the wider environment.

As the Government mobilises the ten-point plan and Net Zero strategy, we can expect to see legislative changes across the economy.

In 2020 the government published its ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution set to mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 green jobs.

The 10 points covered are: Advancing offshore wind, Low Carbon Hydrogen, Delivering New and advanced Nuclear Power, Zero emissions vehicles, Public and Active Travel, Jet Zero and Green Ships, Carbon capture, usage and storage, Natural Environment and Green finance and Innovation.

Read the Ten Point Plan here.

The strategy, published on 19th October 2021, outlines the steps that the UK will take to reach the goal of Net Zero. The strategy focuses on each sector of the economy including power, heat and buildings, Transport, Energy and Nature. It also addresses how hard to abate emissions from industries such as freight, shipping, aviation, and steel and heavy industry will be dealt with through greenhouse gas removal.

Read the Net zero strategy in full here.

The strategy, published in October 2021, builds on the ten-point plan and sets out targets for building performance and energy efficiency measures, heat pumps, hydrogen, heat networks an bio energy. Overall £3.9bn of funding is detailed in the strategy.

Read the strategy in full here.

This strategy, published in March 2021, sets out how industry can decarbonise in line with net zero while remaining competitive and without pushing emissions abroad.

The policy document includes three chapters; Foundations to deliver net zero for industry, transforming industrial processes and maximising the UK’s potential.

Read the strategy here.

The hydrogen strategy, published in August 2021, expands on the commitments laid out in the ten point plan and sets the foundation for how the UK will fulfil 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

Read the strategy here.

The National Bus Strategy, published in March 2021, sets out a long-term strategy for buses in England. It seeks to make buses more reliable, easier to use and better for the Environment.

Read the strategy here.

The cycling and walking plan for England, published in July 2020, set out the governments vision for a travel revolution in England. The themes covered are; Better streets for cycling and people, Cycling at the heart of decision making, empowering and encouraging local authorities and Enabling people to cycle and protecting them when they do.

Find the strategy here and one year review here.

The plan, published in 2018 and updated in 2021, sets out the plans and targets for clean air, clean and plentiful water, thriving plants and wildlife reducing the risk of harm from environmental hazards, using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiency, enhancing beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment, mitigating and adapting to climate change, minimising waste, managing exposure to chemicals and enhancing biosecurity.

More information about the 25 Year plan can be found here.