West of England targets clean growth in Local Industrial Strategy

The West of England will look to build on its creativity, collaboration and ingenuity to secure clean growth to benefit its residents after publishing its Local Industrial Strategy.

On 19 July, the blueprint, developed by the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership, set out how it will look at developing a smart region “more in tune with the needs of its residents”. Specifically, it will use the region’s digital expertise to improve connectivity and provide homes that house the ageing population for longer, while being built cheaper, quicker and more energy efficiently.

The strategy had four key priorities, including providing businesses with the space, networks and skills they need to boost productivity and grow, and investing in infrastructure that reduces energy demand, lowers carbon emissions and proves resilient to impacts of climate change. Aims under these priorities included include supporting and incentivising companies towards low carbon business models; supporting businesses in adopting new clean technology and energy efficiency measures; and building new carbon-neutral homes.