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Powering West Midlands Growth: A Regional Approach to Clean Energy Innovation

King, David (Sir) and Allcorn, Patrick and Berry, Jon and Crouch, Martin and Kuzemko, Caroline and Farrell, Philip and Freer, Martin and Friend, Richard (Sir) and Marland, Stephen and New, Philip and Jordan, Paul and Rhodes, Matthew and Vazaios, Ilias and Harper, Gavin and Strahan, David (2018) Powering West Midlands Growth: A Regional Approach to Clean Energy Innovation. Other. University of Birmingham.

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The West Midlands is uniquely positioned to lead the UK in taking advantage of the economic opportunities arising from the global transition to a clean energy system. The region’s strengths include: strong and coherent political leadership committed to sustainability; the diversity of economic needs and scale of demand required to build competitive markets to support radical innovation; a world-class concentration of both academic and commercial expertise in the low-carbon energy sector; a massive programme of public and private investment in infrastructure planned for the next decade, and above all, the determination to secure long-term economic benefit from clean energy innovation.

This report makes the case for the creation of a small number of Energy Innovation Zones (EIZs) across the region, acting as pathfinders for an approach that might subsequently be adopted across the country as a whole. EIZs enable barriers – such as powerful institutional silos separating transport, digital, planning and energy – to be overcome within designated geographies. They create a risk-managed and commercial-scale context for the development of new local clean energy markets. They also provide a practical mechanism to help attract investment and muster local political support. At a national level, they can help ensure innovation is built into the government’s strategic sector deals and other large scale public investment projects.

Type of Work:Monograph (Other)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:Birmingham Energy Institute
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ISBN: 978-0-7044-2957-4

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Copyright Status: © University of Birmingham, 2018
ID Code:3185

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