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Business Sustainability

Sustainability broadly refers to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable or green businesses adhere to principles of sustainability, striving to meet the triple bottom line of the sustainable business model - people, planet and profit. Developing your business more sustainably can help you reduce costs, control risk, improve your

Solihull Sustainability Vision Group

West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge

Useful Sustainability Contacts

Sustainability Case Studies

Solihull Sustainability Vision Group

Solihull Sustainability Visioning Group aims; 'to help Solihull to be at the forefront of sustainable business development and a showcase for environmental business standards, supporting Solihull’s transition to a low carbon economy'.

Led by senior business representatives and stakeholders including the Group's four key priorities are to: 

• Raise the standards of waste and energy management practices 
• Promote proven 'green technology' that is efficient and cost effective 
• Influence regional and local policy making, to ensure sustainability is at the heart of decision making
• Conserve and enhance the natural environment, in particular community space

For more information, or to join the group, call 0121 704 6529 or email

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West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge

The West Midlands aims to lead the green revolution and become a net zero carbon economy by 2041. The region’s businesses have a key role to play in making that happen.  

For businesses, commitment to the pledge will help you: 

Reduce your environmental impact and save costs
Position your business as a leader in the net zero carbon economy
Prepare your business for climate change impacts

The pledge also provides many opportunities:

You’ll receive the official pledge logo to use in your publicity following the review of your submission
Your efforts will be showcased and celebrated
You'll gain access to business networks and guidance that can support your pledge commitment. Working closely with Sustainability West Midlands and other leading organisations, we'll keep you updated about the regional drive to become net zero by 2041

For more information, or to make your pledge, please see the West Midlands Combined Authority site.

Useful Sustainability Contacts


Business Council for Sustainable Development logo Business Council for Sustainable Development
Business Council for Sustainable Development is the pre-eminent national business network run by businesses to promote the values of sustainable development and explore related business opportunities. 
Business in the Community logo Business in the Community
Business in the Community are a business-led charity with a growing membership of 850 companies. Advising, supporting and challenging their members to create a sustainable future for people and the planet and to improve business performance.
Government waste and environment

Environmental and efficiency advice from the Government's online resource for business.


Carbon Trust logo The Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust provides specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies.
Energy saving trust logo

Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust promotes the efficient use of energy and a more 'low carbon' lifestyle. They are the leading UK organisation set up to address the damaging effects of climate change by helping everybody to cut carbon dioxide emissions. It works with retailers, builders and industry to make sure that energy efficient products are available for people to choose.

environment agency logo Environment Agency
The principal aims of the Environment Agency are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. Their work plays a central role in ensuring central government's environmental priorities are implemented.
green grants machine logo Green Grants Machine
They provides information on all the latest funding schemes to enable companies to become more environmentally friendly. Their website lists the funding on offer to boost businesses' bottom line by improving environmental performance.
Midlands Environmental Business Company logo Midlands Environmental Business Company (MEBC)
Formed in 1992, the MEBC is a not-for-profit business run by regional business people to promote the values of a low carbon, sustainable future and the business opportunities arising from that. It is a region wide, multi-sectored network that delivers an annual programme of activity and identifies and develops new projects.
National Industrial Symbiosis Programme National Industrial Symbiosis Programme
The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) is a FREE, government funded programme that identifies mutually profitable links between member companies; so that under-used resources such as energy, water and/or materials from one, are recovered, reprocessed and re-used by others
Smarter Working West Midlands Smarter Working West Midlands
The overarching aim of the smarter working project in the West Midlands is to raise the productivity of organisations while reducing carbon emissions, through the collection of measures and initiatives which aim to change the way organisations operate.
Sustainability West Midlands Sustainability West Midlands
Sustainability West Midlands is the sustainability adviser for the leaders of the West Midlands. They are a not-for-profit company that works with their members in the business, public and voluntary sectors. Their role is to act as a catalyst for change through advice to leaders, to develop practical solutions with members and share success through communications.
WRAP logo

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) works with local authorities, business and households to prevent waste, increase recycling and develop markets for recycled and sustainable products.

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Sustainability Case Studies

Read and learn more from some good practice examples supplied by Solihull businesses, together with general case studies from around the UK.

If you are based in Solihull and have a sustainability case study that you would like to showcase, please fill out this form and send it to

Princes Way Solar PV Installation npower
The Princes Way office in Solihull comprises a modern office building and a multi-storey car park. During normal working hours there are typically around 400 to 500 employees on site. In order to improve the environmental impact of the office, npower installed a 50kW photo voltaic system.
Birmingham Airport Invests in Solar Power
Birmingham Airport will save 22 tonnes carbon dioxide each year with the installation of 200 solar panels on the roof of its terminal. The 1.6m x 1m panels will generate 40,000 kWh a year; sufficient to power 12 average sized houses.
Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) - Teaching the Children
In 2010, Solihull Council took the initiative to install Automatic Meter Reading equipment (AMR) to all gas and electricity meters in the School and Corporate property portfolio.
CABLED - Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators
The Arup-led CABLED project is the largest of 8 UK projects forming part of the Technology Strategy Board’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator programme.
Automatic shutdown controls deliver significant energy savings at Land Rover
The installation of automatic shutdown controlls on the production line at Land Rover's Lode Lane Plant have resulted in significant energy and CO2 savings.
Employees from Royal Haskoning improve Solihull's environment through corporate volunteering
Through their commitment to corporate social responsibility, Royal Haskoning worked in partnership with the Envionmental Champions Programme at Solihull Council to offer their employees the opportunity to help tackle local environmental issues.
Sustainable Procurement at Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport operates a Sustainable Procurement Policy: a commitment to follow the principles of sustainable procurement, where financial, environmental and social impacts are considered.
Upton Square, Northampton Ultra-sustainable housing development
Arup provided a range of engineering and design services for this groundbreaking 6.4 ha phased development of 345 mixed-tenure homes, in association with Metropolitan Housing Partnership and Mansell.
Energy efficient lighting offers big savings at Land Rover's Lod Lane Plant
Energy efficient lighting and the insatllation of passive infrared (PIR) detectors is offering big cost and CO2 savings for Land Rover.
Arup Campus – a contemporary and sustainable working environment

The brief for the new Arup regional office called for a comfortable, energy efficient and cost efficient workplace for over 600 people. Key principles of the design were to create a spatial organisation that is appropriate for the Arup group work style, a stimulating and healthy environment and a flexible and commercially viable building.


National Sustainability case Studies


Carbon Trust Case Studies
Their case studies show it's often both easier and less expensive than you might think to bring about real change.
Sustainability West Midlands Good Practice Examples
Read and learn more about exciting Good Practice Examples from the West Midlands.
WRAP Publications
Find the latest documents about the recycling industry and publications comissioned by WRAP, as well as technical reports from different projects and trials.


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