May 2017 will see a change in the UK’s political landscape, as six city regions elect metro-mayors for the first time. This is an opportunity for a new wave of political leadership on the environment in the UK.
Green Alliance is working with the National Trust, CPRE, The Wildlife Trusts and The Campaign for Better Transport on a green index of the six city regions. This will give a picture of progress against a set of green indicators that cover sustainable housing, low carbon transport, green infrastructure, waste and overall resilience to climate change. The insight that it offers will inform our analysis of the city region devolution deals and the opportunities they offer for ambitious environmental progress.
To inject an environmental perspective into the debates around the elections, our index will be published in April 2017; and our analysis will form the basis of a public event with the newly elected mayors later in 2017.