Climate change

Creating a greener local government

19/11/2020

Mark Doyle, a senior corporate account manager at Gazprom Energy, looks at how to create a greener local government.

PM publishes ten point plan for 'green industrial revolution'

18/11/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has published his ten point plan for creating a 'green industrial revolution' for 250,000 new jobs.

Government announces ‘additional’ £40m of green funding

16/11/2020

The Government has announced that more areas are to be designated national parks and a second round of funding will be available to support the delivery of green jobs.

Meeting Government green targets: How to stay ahead of the curve

16/11/2020

Jo Mills argues the UK’s green recovery must be at the forefront of the public sector’s agenda to ensure local authorities are on track to meet 2050 net-zero targets

Councils play ‘critical role’ in fighting climate change but lack resources, watchdog says

12/11/2020

Local authorities play ‘critical role’ in improving air quality and the natural environment but they lack the necessary resources and expertise, watchdog says.

Half of councils aim for zero-carbon 20 years ahead of schedule

12/11/2020

Over half of councils in the UK have set a goal of reaching net-zero carbon by 2030 or sooner, new data has shown.

Manchester councils secure funding for clean energy project

23/09/2020

Funding to develop a clean energy project has been awarded to five councils in Greater Manchester that have declared a climate emergency.

Citizen's Climate Assembly calls for reductions in car and air travel

15/09/2020

The first citizens’ assembly on climate change has called for tough action including limiting the growth of car and plane travel.

Council chiefs announce net zero innovation programme

02/09/2020

Councils and universities can apply for a new Net Zero Innovation Programme to address climate challenges at a local level, the Local Government Association (LGA) and UCL announce today.

New guide to help councils tackle climate change published

21/08/2020

Local authorities across the country will now be able to get more support in the fight against the climate crisis thanks to the publication of a new guide.

Government announces ‘legally binding targets’ to tackle climate change

19/08/2020

The Government has set out a series of legally binding targets under the Environment Bill to combat climate change.

Applications for the Design in the Public Sector programme now open

11/08/2020

Local authorities in England are now able to apply to take part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) climate change-themed Design in the Public Sector programme.

Are enough local governments acting on climate emergency declarations?

05/08/2020

Hannah Callingham says councils must start to develop and deliver climate change strategies in order to meet declarations.

Majority of councils lack expertise to deal with flood risk, survey reveals

28/07/2020

Local authorities are facing a critical shortage of the expertise needed to plan for climate change, a new survey has found.

Launch of sustainable development guide for councils

17/07/2020

A new guide to help councils engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been launched.

Seize the moment for a greener future

13/07/2020

Sue Riddlestone explains why the time is right to re-shape our communities to go carbon neutral.

Ministers urged to create a 'green bank'

03/07/2020

Ministers have been urged to create a Green Bank to fund climate change investment as part of the Government’s multi-billion pound infrastructure investment programme announced earlier this week.

Rural councils join forces to tackle climate change

25/06/2020

A coalition of 21 rural councils, in partnership with UK100, have launched the Countryside Climate Network this week.

Government launches consultation on accelerating tree planting

19/06/2020

The Government has launched a consultation on ways to accelerate tree planting in an effort to combat the biodiversity and climate crises.

Commission warns infrastructure must prepare for future challenges

28/05/2020

Climate change and extreme weather conditions could test the future resilience of the UK's infrastructure, according to a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission.

A greener future?

01/05/2020

Steven Meersman warns that transitioning to net-zero must continue to be a priority despite Covid-19.

Getting to net zero

20/04/2020

Bevan Jones outlines what councils can do to achieve net zero.

Former 'red wall' support devolution to tackle climate change

10/03/2020

Three-quarters of former ‘red wall’ seats believe councils need extra funding and powers to deal with the climate emergency, a new survey has revealed.

Over £30bn annual investment needed to reach net zero by 2050

09/03/2020

An estimated £33bn of investment is needed every year for the next three decades if the Government is to meet its carbon emissions target of net zero by 2050.

Council chiefs call for freedom to cut carbon emissions from housebuilding

06/03/2020

Council leaders and mayors from across the political spectrum are calling on the Government to abandon proposed restrictions on their ability to cut carbon emissions from housebuilding.

Is it a climate ‘emergency’?

25/02/2020

Alex Massie explores if the climate change crisis is really an 'emergency' or not.

Five cities rated 'A' in fight against climate change

20/02/2020

Five UK cities have been named as leaders in climate change and transparency by CDP.

West Midlands secures funding for smart energy projects

20/02/2020

Three projects in the West Midlands have received £3m of Government funding to drive forward state-of-the-art carbon neutral technologies.

Leisure centre contracts in the era of the climate crisis

07/02/2020

Why contracts for the future operation and maintenance of leisure facilities need to change to accommodate issues like the climate emergency.

Nearly half of councils unsure of their carbon footprint, research finds

28/01/2020

Nearly half of councils in England do not know their own carbon footprint, new research has revealed.

Tackling the climate emergency

15/01/2020

Duncan Price explores why everyone needs to take responsibility and action in order to meet the Government’s 2050 net zero target.

Oxford councils propose UK’s first Zero Emission Zone

08/01/2020

The final draft proposals for the UK’s first city centre Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) have been published as part of a drive to reduce Oxford’s ‘toxic air pollution levels’.

Council ditches plastic parking tickets

19/12/2019

Brent Council has announced it is stopping the use of plastic parking tickets and replacing them with an environmentally friendly replacement.

Cornwall Council launches tree planting drive

18/12/2019

Cornwall Council’s flagship climate emergency project the Forest for Cornwall will be officially launched next week at a community planting day in Saltash.

Oxford CC publishes £19m climate emergency budget

17/12/2019

Oxford City Council has outlined a £19m climate emergency budget to help the authority become a zero carbon council in 2020.

Renewables at no upfront cost?

16/12/2019

Rebecca Lawson explains why local authorities are embracing community energy.

Creating the right climate for change

13/12/2019

ADEPT has created an expert advisory panel to assess projects and share knowledge throughout the sector. Nigel Riglar explains.

Millions more to be affected by flooding as Greenland's ice melt faster than expected

11/12/2019

More than 40 million people than expected will be affected by coastal flooding by 2100 a new study has revealed.

Cycling key to stopping plastic polluting the ocean, charity says

10/12/2019

A charity has called on the next Government to invest more into the promotion of cycling and walking as part of the effort to prevent plastic polluting the ocean.

‘Greta Effect’ puts climate change on local agenda

02/12/2019

Urban council leaders and elected mayors now rank the climate emergency among the most important issues British cities face, a new study has revealed.

Welsh council tops Recycling Carbon Index

25/11/2019

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has been named as the best recycler in the UK in terms of the amount of greenhouse gas emissions it has saved.

Is pollution increasing in the UK?

21/11/2019

Giulia Kapp explores what improvements have been made to the UK’s air quality.

Planners call for stronger direction to tackle climate change

18/11/2019

Stronger direction from the Government and more resources are needed to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, according to town planners.

Cities can address climate crisis by ‘joining the dots’ between sectors

14/11/2019

Cities can help protect the environment by linking up their policies on transport, energy and the built environment, according to campaigners.

West Midlands and Google team up to tackle climate change

31/10/2019

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has teamed up with Google to tackle the climate change emergency.

Bristol council considers banning diesel vehicles

30/10/2019

Bristol City Council is considering banning diesel vehicles in what it claims will be the quickest way to reduce nitrogen dioxide in the air.

Five things to consider when declaring a climate emergency

28/10/2019

Alex Massie outlines five issues that local authorities should not forget when preparing climate emergency strategies.

Welsh council trials microchipping bins to encourage recycling

24/10/2019

A Welsh county council is trialling the use of microchipping as part of an effort to encourage recycling as it moves to a four weekly collection.

Support local industrial strategies to ‘promote a zero-carbon economy’, think tanks say

23/10/2019

Government must support local industrial strategies, with new funding and devolved powers, to promote a zero-carbon economy, according to two think tanks.

Sturgeon announces £27m to promote walking and cycling

16/10/2019

More than 200 ‘active travel’ projects across Scotland are set to receive a multi-million pound investment, Scotland’s first minister has announced.

Cities offered over £875,000 to support innovative climate change solutions

14/10/2019

Europe’s largest public-private partnership has called on cities around the world to join its ‘Climathon Global Awards’ to find new systems level solutions to tackle climate change.

Queen's Speech 19: Brexit, health and devo at the heart of Government plans

14/10/2019

Brexit, the NHS and devolution are at the heart of the next round of Government legislation as outlined in the first Queen’s Speech today.

Manchester CC joins campaign to plant 50 million trees

09/10/2019

Manchester City Council has thrown its weight behind a campaign to encourage the Government to support the planting of a large forest in the North of England.

Climate change targets ‘unlikely to be met’ without funding, council chiefs say

03/10/2019

National climate change targets are ‘unlikely to be met’ unless local authorities are given long-term funding and more powers, council chiefs say.

Councils call for new taskforce to tackle climate change

25/09/2019

Council leaders have proposed setting up a national taskforce with Whitehall departments to tackle climate change.

New online tool to help councils calculate carbon footprint launched

23/09/2019

Climate scientists have developed an online tool that can help local authorities calculate their carbon budget and cut down on emissions.

Whitehall announces £400m for rapid charging points

10/09/2019

The Government has launched a £400m fund to help develop rapid charging infrastructure points for electric vehicles.

APSE to launch Local Government Commission

10/09/2019

A new commission to develop a practical vision for local government in 2030 will be launched by APSE later this month.

Council to pilot electric bin lorries powered by waste

04/09/2019

Electric bin lorries that are powered by the waste they have collected will be trialled by Sheffield City Council.

Lawyers warn 100 local authorities over climate change plans

02/09/2019

Environmental lawyers have threatened legal action against 100 local authorities across England unless they introduce new climate change plans.

Council hits carbon reduction target early

28/08/2019

Herefordshire Council has hit its 2020 carbon reduction target early, an outcome the authority says shows their ‘commitment to tackling the climate emergency’.

Whitehall carbon emission target ‘undeliverable’, MPs warn

22/08/2019

MPs have warned the Government that there are no policies in place to deliver the net-zero carbons emissions target by 2050.

Declaring a climate change emergency

09/08/2019

Local authorities can play a key role in tackling climate change – and there is plenty for them to do. Never before has thinking globally and acting locally been more important, says Mark Whitehead.

Over half of councils declare ‘climate emergency’

31/07/2019

More than half of UK councils have committed to reducing carbon emissions by declaring a 'climate emergency'.

Liverpool submits £230m ‘Green City Deal’

30/07/2019

The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a proposal to the new prime minister for a £230m Green City Deal to tackle climate change and boost the economy.

Local government's relationship with Extinction Rebellion

23/07/2019

Several cities throughout the UK have been hit by protests involving climate change protestors. Mark Whitehead assesses how councils are dealing with it.

New toolkit launched to help councils go green

20/06/2019

A new toolkit designed to help local authorities reduce their carbon footprint and ‘trigger the wider benefits of bold climate action’ has been launched.

Keeping road networks running

10/04/2019

Manish Jethwa explains how councils can use IoT technology to mitigate the impact of climate change on highways.

Councils declare a ‘climate emergency’

26/02/2019

A climate emergency declaration has been made by 27 councils across the country following a campaign by the Green Party.

Leeds aims for zero carbon energy economy

17/12/2018

Leeds City Region could become one of the world’s first zero carbon energy economies thanks to a new energy strategy.

Council pension funds at financial risk from climate change, report warns

09/11/2018

Local Government Pension Funds (LGPFs) are failing to protect themselves from the financial risk posed by climate change, a new report has warned today.

Councils must ‘act now’ to tackle carbon emissions

09/10/2018

Councils must ensure all plans have carbon-reduction targets, charity says after report warns global warming will lead to ‘unprecedented changes' in society.

Councils begin judicial review against Heathrow expansion

07/08/2018

Five London councils, Greenpeace and the mayor of London have started judicial review proceedings against the expansion of Heathrow airport.

Guide launched to help councils cope with climate change through planning

16/05/2018

Planning experts have joined forces to offer councils practical advice on how to cope with climate change.

London council approves £150m low-carbon pension investment

26/01/2018

Southwark Council has agreed to move £150m of its pension fund into a low-carbon investment.

Council pension funds benefit from climate change investment policy framework

13/11/2017

The first climate change investment policy framework has been launched for local government pension funds.

Councils investing £16bn of pensions into fossil fuels

09/11/2017

More than £16bn of council pension funds have been invested into fossil fuel companies, new research has revealed.

Council launches ‘pioneering’ climate commission

07/09/2017

Leeds is launching today a ‘pioneering’ new Climate Commission to encourage investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient developments.

Local authority pension funds ‘ratcheting up’ climate change engagement

06/06/2017

Local authority pension funds are going to ‘ratchet up’ their efforts to encourage companies to be more aware of climate change and how it will impact the value of their stocks.

Creating resilient cities

20/12/2016

Giles K Bailey and Stefano Mainero explore the challenges for UK cities in considering resiliency planning.

Campaigners call for increased protection for Green Belt

12/12/2016

Campaigners have called on the government to prioritise investment in the Green Belt in the forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment.

Scottish pension fund rated a world leader in tackling global warming

11/05/2016

A council pension fund in Scotland has been rated one of the best in the world for addressing climate change.

Public sector failing to prepare for climate change

11/02/2016

The UK is 'largely unprepared' for the effects of climate change, according to the Carbon Trust.

Heathrow third runway recommended, yet council fears remain over noise

01/07/2015

Recommendations that a third runway be built at Heathrow on the condition of stricter noise and environmental demands have failed to assuage concerns in local government.

Lancashire rejects fracking application

29/06/2015

Lancashire County Council has rejected a planning application to frack at Preston New Road, in an unexpected move following months of deliberation.

Legal warning over fracking issued to Lancashire councillors

26/06/2015

Lancashire councillors have been warned the town hall risks being fined if it blocks local fracking as the move could be considered ‘unreasonable’.

Landmark Lancashire fracking decision postponed

25/06/2015

Councillors in Lancashire have postponed a decision on giving the go ahead to a controversial plan for fracking.

Hundreds of planned wind farms likely to be scrapped, admits government

23/06/2015

Around 250 planned wind farms are now unlikely to be built because of the early termination of subsidies, the Government has said.

Protest grows as Lancashire ponders key fracking decision

23/06/2015

Protesters have been gathering in Preston ahead of a decision by Lancashire County Council on controversial plans for fracking.

Council stalls again on key fracking decision

24/04/2015

A landmark council decision on whether to allow fracking in Lancashire has been delayed until after the General Election.

England's climate disadvantage 'hot spots' mapped for first time

04/02/2015

An online map charting the effect of climate change and social disadvantage in England has been launched to support local decision makers.

MPs call for halt on UK fracking

26/01/2015

An influential committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on fracking because it could hamper climate change efforts and pose significant health risks.

£97m weather supercomputer will make regions ‘more resilient’ to flooding

28/10/2014

Local areas could become more resilient to flooding and snowfall under Government plans for a new £97m Met Office supercomputer.

Climate change goals wil be missed, warns charity

22/10/2014

The Government will fail to meet climate change targets unless it ramps up efforts to create warm, affordable low-carbon homes, campaigners have warned.

Low carbon vehicles projects get £6m funding

17/09/2014

Two projects to help develop low carbon vehicles technologies have been awarded £6m funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Low-carbon economy could increase UK GDP says report

17/09/2014

Reducing emissions from road transport, in line with the carbon budgets set by the Committee on Climate Change, could reduce healthcare spending by £96m by 2030, according to a new report.

MPs ‘red card’ green policies

16/09/2014

The Government’s green polices have been handed a ‘red card’ by the Environmental Audit Committee, who is calling for an overarching Environmental Strategy be implemented.

Invasion of the bees: 120,000 descend on Glasgow

28/08/2014

Glasgow City Council has told people not to be alarmed by the 120,000 bees currently 'invading' the City Chambers.

Government inaction puts thousands at risk from flooding, Labour warns

11/08/2014

Some 330,000 more properties will be at serious risk of flooding in 2035 thanks to Government inaction over climate change, Labour will warn.

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