WMCA secures funding for ‘Net Zero Neighbourhood’ scheme

The authority is hopeful its plans can be replicated across the rest of the UK to help achieve net zero by taking energy efficiency measures such as retrofitting

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A neighbourhood decarbonisation programme by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has been selected by a government-funded programme that is looking to boost net zero aims in private sector investment.

The WMCA is planning to create its first ‘Net Zero Neighbourhood’ in Dudley, which will now be made possible through Innovate UK’s Pioneer Places programme.

Large-scale retrofitting of homes is one of the key interests of the project, to demonstrate first-hand how this move can make a true impact on reducing emissions in communities.

The WMCA hopes its project in Dudley can be rolled out across the rest of the West Midlands once successful – with the model being used by other authorities and parts of the UK to do the same.

By 2041, the region has set an aim to become net zero.

In addition to this scheme, more than £2.8 million has also been secured from the government’s Sustainable Warmth Competition to retrofit houses in Solihull and Coventry.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA Chair, said: “It’s great news that our programme has been recognised as having the potential to play a key role in the transition to net zero – right here in our region but also as an exemplar for the entire country.

“Whether it’s improving the energy efficiency of our homes, enhancing our health and wellbeing, or pursuing green growth, this project will help us to make the case for further funding – drawing in public sector partners and private investors as we honour our net zero commitment.”

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