On 8 March 2022, members of the FEP board attended the Green Growth in the Western Gateway conference at the ICC Newport along side a wider number of the Forest of Dean's business and education community.
The Western Gateway expressed their mission to contribute £34 billion to the economy by 2030, attract investment and grow exports by £4 billion, decarbonise our economy, connect communities, unlock innovation to the pan-regional area that is the Western Gateway.
Whilst Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, stated the importance of all stakeholders needing to stay at the table to make the Western Gateway a success.
What is currently happening in the Western Gateway?
The Western Gateway is spearheading the pan-regions STEP Fusion bid for Severn Edge to bring the first fusion prototype plant to the Oldbury & Berkeley site. The bid has been included in a shortlist of 5 locations and the outcome will be known this summer.
The conference also announced the Severn Tidal Energy Commission which will look at harnessing the tidal power of the River Severn, which is expected to power 7% of the UK grid.