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Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Commission

Promoting a just transition to a green, fair and growing economy

The Cheshire and Warrington Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Commission was set up by the Subregional Leaders’ Board in November 2020, with the aim of building on progress to date to help realise Cheshire and Warrington’s ambition of becoming the most sustainable and inclusive subregion in the UK. After a period of research, engagement, and consultation a final report with ambitious recommendations is available. 

The Commission has been working on four themes: Inclusive Economy, Sustainable Transport, Sustainable Land Use, and Net Zero. For each of these themes the Commission has developed an evidence base for Cheshire and Warrington’s current position, a vision representing where the Commission believes the subregion should aim to be and a set of recommended actions to achieve these visions. 

The Commission is now promoting its final recommendations to stakeholders, residents and businesses to invite collaboration on achieving its aims.  

Recommendations made by the commission include: 

  • A fair employment charter for Cheshire and Warrington  
  • The decarbonisation of dairy   
  • The full decarbonisation of all transport by 2035  
  • Building the UK’s First Net Zero industrial cluster around the area’s large hydrogen and net zero projects   
  • Public investment to address disadvantage and target opportunities
  • Improve active travel and public transport
  • Provide new infrastructure/ support for electric cars and zero-emission vehicles to make them cost effective and accessible
  • Work with businesses, public sector and agriculture to speed up the transition to a circular economy
  • Retrofitting insulation and clean energy to housing, particularly for social housing and disadvantaged households
  • Access to digital for all 
  • Making current land use net zero   

Read the Report Summary here

In Cheshire and Warrington we already have some great collaborations between local councils, communities and companies delivering projects that are working towards our recommendations:

Examples in and around Cheshire East 

Examples in and around Cheshire West and Chester 

Examples in and around Warrington 

You can also view a new national map that represents a comprehensive library of community projects, searchable by geography and by energy types. 


Towards a Sustainable and Inclusive Cheshire and Warrington: Final Report

The Cheshire and Warrington Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Commission was set up with the aim of contributing towards realising Cheshire and Warrington’s ambition of becoming the most sustainable and inclusive subregion in the UK. Its work has been divided into collation, planning, engagement and promotion phases, with this final report produced in September 2022.

Download the Report

Cheshire and Warrington Fair Employment Charter

We have received views on our Cheshire and Warrington Fair Employment Charter through a consultation which took place earlier this year. We heard the voices of all organisations with an interest in the charter, so that we could incorporate the feedback into the Charter development, to promote the benefits and good practice in fair employment across the sub-region, and find out whether there is support for implementing this in Cheshire and Warrington.

Find out more
Fair Employment Charter

SIGC Reports

SIGC Report Summary

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SIGC Full Report

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SIGC Journey to Net Zero

SIGC Journey To Net Zero 4 November 2022

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Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Consultation

Consultation Document With Extended Evidence

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Consultation Document

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Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Commission Briefing Pack and Terms of Reference

SIGC Briefing Pack And TOR

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The Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Commission Members

Cllr Sam Corcoran

Joint Chair. Leader, Cheshire East Council.

Sam Corcoran has been the Leader of Cheshire East Council since May 2019.

Robert Davis

Joint Chair. CEO, EA Technology

Robert is the Chair and CEO of EA Technology.

Professor Chantal Davies

Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity/Director Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester

After graduating with a Law degree from Oxford University, Chantal Davies qualified as a solicitor with Eversheds in Cardiff specialising in Employment, Human Rights and Discrimination Law.

Mark Howden

Chief Executive, Peaks and Plains Housing Trust

Mark joined Peaks & Plains Housing Trust in May 2019 as Director of Place and was appointed Chief Executive in July 2020 following a period as Interim CEO.

Adrian Curry

Managing Director, Encirc

After entering the container glass industry as a project engineer Adrian has enjoyed more than 20 transformational years in the food and beverage sector.

Rachel Shorney

Stakeholder and Community Engagement Officer, Scottish Power Energy Networks

Rachel is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the electricity distribution industry, having worked for BICC Power Cables and then Manweb, now SP Energy Networks, since before privatisation in 1990.

James Hall, MRICS

Estates Manager, Cholmondeley Estates

As a Chartered Surveyor, James has practiced in Cheshire and the North West for 30 years after graduating from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. is on increasing biomass and sequestering carbon.

Helena Anderson

Founder and COO, Ikigai Capital

Helena founded Ikigai, a Net Zero investment consultancy, accelerator and developer, in December 2017 after two years at the UK Department for International Trade, where she was head of energy capital investment.

Cllr Janet Henshaw

Councillor, Cabinet Member, Sustainability and Climate Change

Janet Henshaw was first elected as a Councillor for Warrington Borough Council in May 2021.

Richard Beacham

Councillor, Newton and Hoole Ward, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Councillor Richard Beacham represents the Newton and Hoole ward in Chester on Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Annette McDonald

Deputy Managing Director, Tatton Estates

Annette is Deputy Managing Director of Tatton Estates. Previous to that she spent nine years with Reaseheath College as Head of Commercial and Project Development.

Yulanda Duff

Co-Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership Engagement Board

Senior Project Consultant, CEO The Millennial Introvert Lifestyle. Yulanda's passions lie in innovation in the workplace and looking to the future in order to shape the present.