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Manifesto for infrastructure in Bristol

Bristol’s third mayoral election takes place on 6 May 2021. The city is the economic heart of the West of England, acting as a gateway to the South West and Bristol’s Mayor plays a key leadership role in both the city and the wider region. The South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) has produced a manifesto […]

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The route to net zero: Workshop 3

12:30-14:00 I Thursday 15 April Following two recent workshops attended by over 200 people, registration is now open for our third and final online route mapping workshop. Entitled ‘Joining it up and removing the barriers,’ participants at the event will be asked to appraise and populate the draft route map. The previous workshops highlighted that […]

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Manifesto for infrastructure in the West of England

On Thursday 6 May,  people in the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) area go to the polls to elect a new Metro Mayor. SWIP has produced a Manifesto for infrastructure in the West of England to highlight some of the key challenges and opportunities in region. The West of England Mayor plays a key […]

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Statement in response to the Budget by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

The Chancellor’s Budget on March 3, 2021 contained few surprises. In it he set out the huge amount of money borrowed by the country during the pandemic and, with the furlough scheme and other support mechanisms set to continue until well into this year, the total amount of borrowing this year is expected to be […]

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The route to net zero: Workshop 2

Following our first co-production workshop, attended by over 120 participants, registration is now open for the second online route mapping workshop. Building on the findings of the previous event, the latest workshop will explore how the net zero decarbonisation challenge in South West England maps onto the Balanced Pathways in the Climate Change Committee’s Sixth Carbon Budget report, […]

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BLOG: Hydrogen – a recipe for a greener 21st century and a buoyant local economy

In his blog, Phil Smith, Managing Director, Business West and SWIP Steering Group representative for the Business Sector, reports back on a recent Hydrogen Summit and ponders the potential of hydrogen to fuel green growth in the South West. As a recovering oil and gas engineer, I found the West of England Aerospace Forum’s (WEAF) Hydrogen […]

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Response to Government’s Energy White Paper, Powering our Net Zero Future

Peter Kydd, SWIP Chair and Energy Sector representative, said: “SWIP welcomes the publication of the Government’s Energy White Paper and its focus on delivering net zero energy by 2050 whilst encouraging consumers to take advantage of the proposed reforms in the supply market to maintain affordable electricity bills. We also welcome the clear policy signals […]

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The route to net zero workshop

Co-producing an integrating route map for South West infrastructure decarbonisation 12:30 – 14:00 | Wednesday 27 January 2021 Overview The South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP), supported by the University of Bristol and ICE South West, is running an interactive online workshop to elicit cross-sector information using a digital canvas tool. The route to net zero: […]

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Response to the Sixth Carbon Budget report by the Climate Change Committee (CCC)

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) published its report on the Sixth Carbon Budget on 9 December 2021.  The report makes four key recommendations which the Government will consider before formulating the Sixth Carbon Budget.  This covers the five year period from 2033 to 2037.  The Government is legally required to produce carbon budgets under the […]

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Spending Review & National Infrastructure Strategy response

Peter Kydd, SWIP Chair, provides an initial response to the Chancellor’s Spending Review announcement and the publication of the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Strategy: From a South West perspective, there were several announcements on infrastructure that may benefit the region. Importantly, the Chancellor announced capital spending on infrastructure will total £100bn, a £27bn real-terms rise […]