The need to develop new, sustainable, sources of energy could not be more pressing – and the Marches is playing a leading role. The importance of environmental technology to the Marches economy is significant. The recent report produced by kMatrix and Sustainability West Midlands for the Marches puts the value at £1.8Bn per annum.”
We are already a national leader in the use of anaerobic digestion to generate power and now have the opportunity to play a similar role in the fields of water management and looking after the countryside.
Our new energy strategy sets a target of 50 per cent of all electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 and the creation of 1,000 low carbon jobs.
There is scope to further develop our expertise in anaerobic digestion and other forms of renewable energy. There are large-scale opportunities to roll out solar panels in homes, commercial premises, and, in some cases, solar farms. There are also opportunities to link these renewable energy systems to the energy storage sector, including kinetic energy storage and compressed gas systems.
We also see significant potential for the Marches to develop strengths in natural resource management through the use of environmental sensors, energy efficiency techniques, energy requirement minimisation, waste management, water supply management, and air pollution management.