Low Carbon and Energy Technologies

Enabling clean growth and prosperity in the coming years.

Low Carbon and Energy Technologies in our area

The low carbon sector is one of the region’s key areas of strength that can enable clean growth and prosperity in the coming years. By focusing on opportunities to boost the growth and productivity of low-carbon businesses, Greater Birmingham, and the wider West Midlands, can boost both domestic and foreign inward investment, scale-up its export potential and ultimately create jobs and improve quality of life. The sector already makes a significant contribution to the region’s economy, contributing £3.3bn GVA across the WMCA, and is forecast to dramatically increase.


The Draft Low Carbon Sector delivery plan can be viewed here.

You can find out more about our plans for the sector by viewing this video presentation. 

If you are a low-carbon business and would like bespoke business support, please visit the GBSLEP Growth Hub. For more information on the GBSLEP’s low carbon activities and policy development, please contact: Alexander.taylor@gbslep.co.uk

West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy

The Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) for the West Midlands recognises the low carbon sector as one of the region’s key areas of strength that can enable clean growth and prosperity in the coming years. By focusing on opportunities to boost the growth and productivity of low-carbon businesses , the West Midlands can boost both domestic and foreign inward investment, scale-up its export potential and ultimately create jobs and improve the quality of life by harnessing the diversity of all those living and working in the region.

In the West Midlands:

  • There are 740 enterprises across WMCA related to Low Carbon Technology (LCT).
  • This sector contributes £3.6m to GVA in WMCA, 3.4% across all sectors.
  • There are 22,750 jobs, 1.2% across all sectors and £156,764 GVA per employee.
  • LCT sector could make up over £9 billion or 10% of the WMCA economy. 
  • The core LCT sector contributes £3.3bn GVA in WMCA, 4% of the region’s total.
  • LCT is the only sector in which the WMCA has a higher GVA per employee than the UK overall 


Industry Engagement

GBSLEP has developed the region’s first Low Carbon and Environmental Technologies Action Plan that aims to ensure the low-carbon businesses in the region are well-placed to grow during the transition to net zero. 

The implementation of the Action Plan will be overseen by the Low Carbon Steering Group, set-up and managed by the GBSLEP. The Steering Group meets quarterly and contains members from a range of small, medium and large organisations, all based in the West Midlands and working within the low-carbon space.