Climate change

Cyclist Chris Boardman appointed active travel commissioner

24/01/2022

Cyclist Chris Boardman is to become national commissioner of the Government’s new cycling and walking body, Active Travel England (ATE), which launches today.

Councils urged to stop using pension funds to invest in factory farming

20/01/2022

Environmental and animal rights campaigners have called on local authorities to divest money in their pension funds from factory farming.

Creating net-zero public engagement

14/01/2022

Local Climate Engagement is a project to support local authorities or partnerships to plan, commission and deliver high quality public engagement in how best to reduce carbon emissions. Sarah Allan explains.

City council considers bringing in parking levy

21/12/2021

Leicester City Council has launched a consultation over a scheme that could see companies charged for car parking spaces.

County council goes vegan to tackle climate change

20/12/2021

Oxfordshire County Council’s members have agreed to a motion that will see vegan meals served at formal events.

Government criticised for plug-in grant cut

16/12/2021

The Government is facing criticism for its decision to cut the plug-in car and van grant by up to £1,000 and change the eligibility criteria.

New building renovation framework to support local authorities

14/12/2021

A new framework to help local authorities meet net zero targets through building renovation has been published.

Working in partnership to respond to the climate crisis

14/12/2021

Clare Hayward explains why local public and private sector partnerships are essential in responding to the climate crisis.

Report calls for a new net zero delivery authority

10/12/2021

The creation of a new net zero delivery authority would provide a more coordinated approach to meeting climate change targets, a new report has argued today.

Public trust councils over the Government, poll reveals

03/12/2021

More people trust councils and councillors than Government and ministers when it comes to service delivery, a new survey has revealed.

Combined authority launches £18m fund to boost green investment

01/12/2021

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has joined with an infrastructure investment group to launch an £18m Green New Deal Fund (GNDF).

Over one million homes at risk of flooding

23/11/2021

As many as 1.5 million households in the UK are at risk of flooding but are yet to take any action, the Environment Agency has said.

Gove warned of climate change floods risk

22/11/2021

Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.

Council votes to disinvest £40m from fossil fuels

19/11/2021

Luton Council’s full council meeting has passed a resolution calling for its pension fund to disinvest almost £40m from fossil fuel firms.

Eleven UK cities named as global leaders on climate action

18/11/2021

Eleven UK cities have been recognised as global leaders for climate action and ambition.

Councils must battle inaction after announcing a climate emergency

15/11/2021

Gayle Monk outlines the key considerations councils must make to better address the situation.

Leadership in a tough climate

11/11/2021

Leader of Glasgow City Council Susan Aitken says COP26 is the city’s chance to show how its own integrated approach can lead the world in ensuring a climate-resilient future.

Councils most trusted on climate change, poll reveals

11/11/2021

Residents trust councils more than central government or world leaders to take action on climate change, a new poll has revealed.

Why we must embrace ‘messy’ public data to hit net zero

09/11/2021

Or Lenchner explains how councils can harness 'messy' public data to help achieve net zero.

Local government needs £68bn to become net zero, report finds

08/11/2021

Local government will need an up-front investment of £68bn from Government in order to become net zero by 2035, according to a new report.

City-level carbon cutting powers backed by 80%

01/11/2021

A study has found support for more mayoral powers to curb carbon emissions in some of the UK’s biggest cities.

How can local authorities meet net zero carbon by 2030?

29/10/2021

Niall Gibson explains how concepts such as Digital Twins and performance modelling software take control of carbon emissions.

Government must engage with councils on climate action

29/10/2021

MPs have called for the Government to ‘immediately’ begin working with councils on setting out their role in reducing carbon emissions.

Accelerating local government’s transition to net zero with AI-enabled procurement

22/10/2021

Muhammad Malik explains how local government can harness AI technologies to streamline the cost of procuring renewable energy without impacting daily operations.

Councils commit to net zero half a decade before Government

20/10/2021

Eighty-eight local leaders, representing half of the UK population, have now committed to meeting net zero at least five years earlier than the Government.

Pension funds urged to help achieve green economy switch

19/10/2021

Parliamentarians have urged local government pension funds to play an active role in achieving a ‘just transition’ to a green economy.

Government announces nearly £4bn to decarbonise buildings

19/10/2021

Nearly £4bn of new funding is now available to help local authorities and private home owners install more efficient, low carbon heating systems.

Now is the time to support, inspire and empower our youth in addressing climate change

19/10/2021

David Ingham explains why the Pod (Wastebuster’s free school environmental education and campaign programme) and The Energy Saving Trust Foundation have joined forces in the run-up to COP26, to provide free support for schools and their students.

Retrofitting risks ‘dangerous divide’

18/10/2021

Councils should have a role to play in avoiding widening regional inequalities when retrofitting housing, according to a new report today.

London boroughs agree retrofitting housing plan

15/10/2021

A new plan to upgrade all housing stock in the capital has been agreed by all the London boroughs.

Camden becomes latest council to consider climate bond

14/10/2021

The London Borough of Camden Council has announced plans to create climate bonds to fund environmental projects.

How the 15-minute concept is key to tackling the climate crisis

14/10/2021

The concept of a 15-minute city, where everything you need is just a quarter of an hour away, could now be evolving into the ‘15-minute neighbourhood’. Dr Jose Hernandez? explains why.

Adaptation in danger of being ‘undercooked’ at COP26

13/10/2021

The importance of adapting local communities to make them more resilient in the face of the climate emergency is not being taken seriously enough, the Environment Agency today warned.

New research to help local authorities plan for a ‘just’ transition to net zero

28/09/2021

A new research project to discover how the UK’s transition to net zero will affect the poorest families and communities has been launched.

Nearly £60m low carbon growth programme approved for Swansea

24/09/2021

The UK and Welsh governments have approved the £58.7 million Swansea Bay City Deal’s Supporting Innovation and Low Carbon Growth programme.

The battle for sustainability will be won or lost in cities

01/09/2021

Ben Hudson outlines the importance cities will play on the climate crisis and how COVID-19 has taught us that health is a key mechanism for levelling-up in urban areas.

Over 100 councils pledge support for Bill aimed at cutting emissions

20/08/2021

Over 100 local authorities have pledged their support for a Bill aimed at reducing the UK’s carbon emissions and ecological footprint.

Only one third of planning authorities have access to ‘in-house’ ecologist

12/08/2021

A skills shortage in ecologists is a barrier to achieving biodiversity net gain goals, local authorities have warned.

London boroughs react to the ‘intensifying’ climate crisis

11/08/2021

Council chiefs have called on the Government to champion their role in tackling the climate crisis after warnings that climate change was ‘intensifying’.

How key is procurement for reaching climate targets in local government?

02/08/2021

After hosting a first-of-its-kind event, Net Zero Week, Gavin Rimmington shares insight into why procurement is key for enabling the public sector to reach climate targets.

Putting sustainability at the heart of local authority decisions

02/08/2021

Andy Wales outlines how BT can help public sector organisations achieve their green goals.

MPs launch inquiry into local government and net zero

26/07/2021

A new inquiry examining the role local authorities should play in reaching net zero has been launched by MPs today.

Decarbonising your housing stock with heat pumps

23/07/2021

William Eichler reports from the recent Green Housing Forum webinar, looking at the funding available to local authorities to deliver low carbon homes.

Government criticised for ‘lack of clarity’ over net zero strategy

16/07/2021

Auditors have criticised the Government for not providing local authorities with clarity about their roles in achieving net zero by 2050.

Leaders call for new powers to tackle climate change

13/07/2021

A cross-party group of 32 mayors and local leaders have called for greater powers and resources to deliver net zero.

Local government pension fund makes divestment threat

02/06/2021

Scotland’s largest local government pension fund will drop investments in fossil fuel firms that fail to act on the climate emergency.

How local government can capitalise on its unique position in the race to net zero

28/05/2021

Chris Bowden outlines how leaders in local government can set their councils up to reach net zero.

Tackling the red tape in green energy

25/05/2021

How do we make net zero more accessible for public sector bodies? Ranjit Singh reports.

Local leaders calls for 'further and faster' action on climate change

25/05/2021

Local leaders have called for more funding and powers to help achieve climate change targets.

Nearly 60 councils commit to ambitious net zero targets

21/05/2021

Nearly 60 council leaders have now pledged to meet net zero five years earlier than the Government.

Calls to declare a climate and ecological emergency

06/05/2021

A climate and ecological emergency should be declared to avoid a health and mental health 'catastrophe', the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned today.

Councils' efforts to tackle climate change hindered by 'broken' system, warns report

04/05/2021

Local authorities are leading to way in tackling climate change but are being held back by a ‘broken’ national system, a new report has found.

Councils at 'forefront' of climate change action

22/04/2021

To mark Earth Day, the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted the work being done by councils to help tackle climate change and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Planning for climate power

25/03/2021

A new report from APSE Energy looks at the practical ways in which the power of planning can be harnessed to embed climate change ambitions, say Phil Brennan and Paul O’Brien.

MPs to examine the role of local government in meeting 'net zero' by 2050

16/03/2021

The role local government can play in helping the UK achieve net zero by 2050 will be examined by MPs.

Councils urged to set whole-area climate change targets

11/03/2021

Only half of local plans aim to reach net-zero across the entire local area, new analysis has shown.

Local government pension fund to become net zero investor

10/03/2021

The Avon Pension Fund has committed to becoming a net zero investor by 2050 or earlier.

Campaigners call for £10.6bn investment in ‘green apprenticeships’

02/03/2021

Environmental campaigners have called for the creation of 250,000 ‘green apprenticeships’ in areas such as renewable energy as part of the effort to address the twin crises of youth unemployment and climate change.

BT Partners with scale-ups on breakthrough green tech

23/02/2021

Tech scale-ups collaborate with BT to develop new services aimed at helping public sector customers transition to Net Zero.

Living in a climate emergency

11/02/2021

Cllr Scott Patient outlines how Calderdale MBC is working with partners and communities to both reduce flood risk and cut the impacts of climate change – but help is needed, and the council is calling on the Government to unlock resources.

The Bay – a pivot to purpose

26/01/2021

Tim Pope and Sam Plum explain why local government reorganisation can be used as a catalyst for a new generation of councils that reflect their local economies and can lead the recovery.

Lack of data affecting decision on local energy projects, councils warn

26/01/2021

The majority of councils are struggling to access the data they need to make informed decisions around local energy projects, a new survey has revealed.

Inquiry launched into role of local authority pension funds in fighting climate change

20/01/2021

A parliamentary group has launched an inquiry into how institutional investors such as local authority pension funds can help drive a ‘just transition’ to a net zero economy.

Towards Net Zero

07/01/2021

Join us on 26 January to discover break-through technology supporting the UK’s green recovery

Driving community wealth and green jobs in Lewes

17/12/2020

Isaac Stanley looks at how Lewes DC is using the potential of community wealth building to increase opportunities for ‘green’ jobs, and to tackle both economic injustice and the threat posed by climate change.

A third of councillors ‘not confident’ about meeting net zero targets

14/12/2020

One in three councillors are not confident their council can meet net zero targets, a new poll has found.

Eight in ten councils hit by climate-related incidents

14/12/2020

Eight in ten councils have suffered climate-related incidents in the last five years, new research has revealed.

Whitehall failing to harness councils’ enthusiasm on climate action

04/12/2020

The Government will fail to meet its 2050 net zero carbon target without working in partnership with local authorities, a new report has warned.

Survey shows public trusts councils more than Government on COVID

30/11/2020

The findings of a new opinion poll show the public trusts councils more than Government on the response to COVID, says APSE.

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.

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There's a whiff of purpose once more on devolution

Devolution should rock the status quo and create a new culture of governance which pushes everyone who currently holds decision-making power out of their comfort zones, says deputy chief executive of New Local Jessica Studdert.
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