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Green Liverpool projects win European funding


Greening projects designed to complement new active travel routes in Liverpool will be funded by a European climate grant worth almost £80,000.

Local approach needed to prepare for ‘silent killer’ of heatwaves


MPs have called for a locally led approach to retrofitting houses to protect the most vulnerable from heat waves.

Greta Thunberg joins Hampshire airport protest


Residents, councillors and Extinction Rebellion activists were joined by climate campaigner Greta Thunberg to protest the expansion of a private jet facility at the weekend.

Councils must adapt to extreme weather threat


Cara Jenkinson, Cities Manager, Ashden discusses how local authorities can adapt to the threat of extreme weather.

Report warns of 'lethal' climate change risks


With London and the UK ‘underprepared’ for extreme weather and an absence of national leadership on climate, regional government must adapt at pace, a new report argues.

Preparing for future floods


After Storm Henk, APSE principal advisor Rob Bailey sets out some of the steps local authorities should take to improve flood preparedness.

BCP Council extends successful bike scheme


A bike scheme in Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole (BCP) Council area has been extended for five more years.

How local authorities can inspire sustainable investment


Helena Rivers, net zero lead at AECOM, argues that while appetite for climate initiatives may vary on within central government, local authorities have the power to act now and drive a meaningful transition.

Mayor Burnham criticises fee-paying clean air zone


Public investment in buses and taxis will improve air quality in Greater Manchester faster than a fee-paying clean air zone (CAZ), Mayor Andy Burnham says.

Skills shortage ‘putting brakes’ on net zero


The skills shortage is undermining efforts to reduce carbon emissions and effectively tackle the climate crisis, local authority leaders in London have warned.

Councils call for support after ‘stark’ climate change warnings


Local authority leaders have said they need support to prepare communities for climate change after a stark report described the impacts of changing temperatures on people’s health.

Londoners struggling to take action on climate change


Londoners motivated to prevent climate change but are struggling to reduce emissions due to cost-of-living crisis, survey reveals as leaders meet for COP28.

PM promises to limit council tree felling


Residents will have to be consulted before local authorities remove trees in their areas, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced.

Campaigners warn of ‘silent war’ on bus services


Bus services have seen a dramatic decline over the past 15 years, with provision decreasing by more than 60% in 80 local authority areas, research reveals.

Climate change ‘biggest threat’ to heritage


The future of the coastline, countryside and historic buildings protected by the National Trust will be threatened by extreme weather without urgent and large-scale action, a report has found.

Only 5% of public feels ready for climate change


Most of the public feels unprepared for the effects of climate change following the extreme heat, flooding and storms of recent years, LGA poll reveals.

Councils sign cross border partnership


Two English councils, Herefordshire and Shropshire, and two Welsh county councils, Monmouthshire and Powys, have signed a partnership agreement.

Councils ‘held back’ on net zero


The organisations that represent English councils have collaborated in a call for the Government to change its approach on delivering net zero.

Turning pensions into fossil fuel playthings


Robert Noyes, Platform London, argues that if councils are serious about net zero, then local government pension funds must divest from fossil fuels.

Over £12bn of council pensions invested in fossil fuel


Over £12bn of local government pensions are invested in the fossil fuel industry, environmental campaigners have revealed.

Councils underperform in first-of-kind climate study


Local authorities are not doing enough on net zero, the first study of UK councils’ climate action across all sectors has found.

Commission calls for £30bn public infrastructure investment


Government should invest £30bn a year into public infrastructure to level up struggling areas and tackle climate change, says infrastructure commission.

Home upgrades drop off in north east


The number of government-funded projects to upgrade cold and draughty homes in north east England has significantly reduced, according to climate change charity Ashden.

Poll reveals Brits are green YIMBYs


Brits are twice as likely (66%) to say 'yes' to new local developments if they are green projects than if they are non-green developments (33%), poll reveals.

Bus companies brand Oxford LTNs a ‘failure’


Low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in Oxford have ‘made congestion worse’ and delayed bus services, operators have argued.

Local authority pension schemes invest £330m in renewables


Six local authority pension schemes have agreed a multi-million-pound deal to invest in renewables projects in the southwest.

15 minute cities 'don't exist'


Civil servants are battling to explain to ministers that concepts like ’15-minute cities’, said to restrict people’s ability to shop, ‘don’t really exist'.

Place directors under ‘immense pressure’ publish strategic objectives


Place directors have called for action on planning, infrastructure and the environment, including a financial regime enabling councils to build more affordable and ‘climate-ready’ homes.

New programme to help councils with climate change goals


A sustainability programme has been launched by the Local Government Association (LGA) to help councils reach carbon reduction targets.

Sunak launches fight for motorists


The Government has announced plans to discourage English councils from bringing in 20mph and traffic reduction measures.

Government to restrict use of 20mph speed limits


Local leaders have responded critically to reports that the Government is set to restrict the ability of councils to impose 20mph speed limits on main roads.

Bradford claims success from watered-down CAZ


Bradford Council has celebrated questionable success in its struggle to demonstrate compliance with the legal limit for toxic air pollution.

Road conditions add flood risk to pothole ‘crisis’


English councils received hundreds of compensation claims for flood damage in recent years as they struggled to maintain roadside drainage, according to study.

Central government should ‘step aside on net zero if it won’t step up’


If central government ‘won't step up’, it should stand aside and allow local and regional leaders to forge ahead with decarbonisation, net zero tsar warns.

Newcastle clean air zone brings in £500k


Newcastle City Council’s clean air zone (CAZ) has brought in over £500,000 in the first six months of its operation, new figures from the council reveal.

Few councils' homes meeting energy efficiency target


New figures have revealed just 18 councils have energy efficient housing stock, laying bare the challenge of tackling the climate emergency.

Tower Hamlets to remove LTN road closures


Tower Hamlets has decided to remove its low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) road closures despite the majority of affected residents supporting the measures.

PM delays new petrol and diesel ban to 2035


PM Rishi Sunak has delayed the Government's ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 to 2035.

Council net zero efforts at risk, LGIU warns


Disputes over London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and Low Traffic Networks (LTNs), combined with the cost-of-living crisis, put net zero efforts at risk.

How citizens hold the key to decarbonising Britain


Jonathan Bradley, head of Business and Practice at Granicus Experience Group (GXG) UK, argues that citizens hold the key to decarbonising Britain.

Empowering local businesses to reach net zero


Power to Change chief executive Tim Davies-Pugh calls on local councils to empower community business to help achieve their climate goals.

Wales to consider funding bids straddling English border


Wales’ economy minister has said he would consider funding bids from a new council partnership that crosses the Welsh and English border.

‘Up to’ £129m announced in zero emission bus boost


The transport secretary has announced ‘up to’ £129m to help local transport authorities introduce hundreds more zero emission buses.

Time to fight Government water plans


Ali Morse, water policy manager for The Wildlife Trusts, makes the case for defending the EU-era nutrient neutrality rules.

Birmingham’s clean air zone less effective than previously thought


Birmingham’s clean air zone (CAZ) has been less effective at reducing the levels of nitrogen dioxide gas than was previously thought, new research suggests.

Welsh and English councils announce new partnership


Councils on either side of the border between Wales and England are set to join a partnership in a bid to seek Government funding.

Gloucestershire to roll out 1,000 EV chargers


Gloucestershire County Council is set to begin the rollout of 1,000 electric vehicle charging points at the end of this month.

Vehicle emission schemes raise £418m


More than £400m in fees and penalties has been generated from vehicle emission schemes in England, a freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed.

City Hall accused of countering science on ULEZ


Sadiq Khan’s office has been accused of trying to counter scientists who suggested London's ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) had little impact on pollution.

Khan tells neighbouring councils to ‘put politics aside’ over ULEZ


London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire county councils to ‘put their politics aside’ and allow the installation of ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) infrastructure.

The case for low-traffic neighbourhoods


Tanya Braun, Living Streets makes the case for low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) and argues for an area-by-area approach to reducing the impact of traffic.

LTN vandalism costs London boroughs £850,000


Local authorities across London are being forced to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds repairing vandalised low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) infrastructure.

Majority of councils do not have on-street EV charging strategy


More than 70% of local authorities do not have a published strategy in place for residential on-street charging for electric vehicles (EV).

Home County drivers face taxation without representation


Cllr Phil Bibby, executive member for Highways & Transport, Hertfordshire County Council sets out why some local authorities are opposed to the ULEZ expansion.

Labour U-turns on support for clean air zones


Labour has scrapped its public support for ULEZ-style clean air zones across the country.

Bristol rules out workplace parking levy


Bristol City Council has ruled out introducing a workplace parking levy because of the cost-of-living crisis.

MPs launch electric vehicle (EV) inquiry


An inquiry into electric vehicles (EVs) has today been launched to help the Government better understand how the UK will reach net zero.

Majority of ULEZ scrappage scheme remains unclaimed


More than £71.5m of the original £110m pot for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scrappage scheme has gone unclaimed, new figues have revealed.

Transport planners write to PM in defence of LTNs


The Transport Planning Society (TPS) has written to the PM in defence of low traffic neighbourhoods in the wake of the Government's push-back.

Khan urges critics to join him in call for southeast scrappage scheme


Sadiq Khan has urged Home Counties councils to join him in calling on the Government to fund a southeast scrappage scheme for non-ULEZ compliant cars.

Councils invited to bid for share of £6m air quality fund


Councils across England are being invited to bid for a share of £6m of Government funding to help tackle local air pollution.

ULEZ scrappage scheme extended


Sadiq Khan has announced that the ULEZ scrappage scheme will be expanded, with grants of £2000 being made available to all Londoners with a non-compliant car.

London borough set to launch its own £1m scrappage scheme


Merton Council is planning to introduce a £1m vehicle scrappage scheme, helping residents replace cars that are not ULEZ compliant.

Now I am become Uxbridge, destroyer of rational climate discourse


Jason Torrance, UK100, responds to the Government’s criticism of clean air zones, low-traffic neighbourhoods and other net zero schemes.

Greenwich brings in parking charges based on emissions


Parking charges and resident and business permits in Greenwich are now based on vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions.

Pace of EV charger installation by councils a ‘real concern’


Poor investment at a local level means private investment will be required to meet a target to install 300,000 public EV chargers by 2030, law firm says.

National review of low-traffic neighbourhoods ‘unnecessary’


Local authorities are best placed to make decisions about whether to implement low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTN) or not, council chiefs have told the PM.

Local authorities falling behind on indirect emissions


Councils are behind the private sector on gathering data about the greenhouse gas emissions they produce indirectly, new research reveals.

'Flawed' climate change advice putting pension funds at risk


Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds are being put at risk by ‘flawed’ advice on the financial impact of climate change, according to a new study.

The River Thames Scheme: infrastructure to deliver a greener future


Carolyn McKenzie, director of Environment at Surrey County Council, discusses how the River Thames Scheme will respond to the challenges of climate change.

Hertfordshire CC refuses to allow ULEZ signs


Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) signs and enforcement cameras will not be permitted in Hertfordshire, the council leader has told London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Dover District Council, LEDs Ltd and CU Phosco Lighting Partner to Create Safer, Greener Streets


CU Phosco Lighting has announced its participation in a major project to upgrade Dover District Council’s street lighting system.

Acrospire Helps Vale of Glamorgan Council Reduce Carbon Footprint with Energy-Efficient Heritage Lighting


Exterior lighting specialists Acrospire helped the Vale of Glamorgan Council reduce its carbon footprint by 7.32 tonnes annually with heritage lighting.

Westminster unveils ‘trailblazing’ fleet electrification


Westminster City Council and Veolia are rolling out the UK’s largest electric refuse collection fleet, with vehicles powered by the waste they collect.

Whitehall impeding local plans’ potential for climate action


A lack of clarity on Government policy is undermining the ability of local planners to mitigate and adapt to the climate emergency, a new report has found.

More than 1,250 clean energy projects await construction


There are 1,262 clean energy schemes that are awaiting construction despite having planning permission, the LGA has said.

London City Airport expansion blocked by Newham Council


Newham Council’s strategic development committee has voted unanimously to block London City Airport’s plans for expansion.

Thousands more green buses needed to reach net zero


More than 5,800 extra green buses are needed in England by 2030 to reach net zero and support the levelling up agenda, according to a new report from IPPR.

LGA: Councils best placed to lead on climate action


The LGA has said that only councils can lead the climate action required to meet net zero after a report described Government progress as ‘worryingly slow’.

Carbon neutrality 'not a top priority' in housing


A lack of funding certainty and competing concerns have meant the issue is ‘not getting the attention’ it deserves, the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee has heard.

Oxfordshire unveils £200,000 air pollution plan


Oxfordshire County Council has unveiled a £200,000 plan to cut air pollution which it says is the 'biggest environmental risk to public health'.

MPs call for research into green energy from coal pits


MPs have called for an investigation on whether water in former coal pits could be used to provide green energy.

Reducing carbon emissions with data


Subu Kamal, TRL Software, looks at how councils can work collectively to reduce carbon emissions with data.

North Kelsey oil drilling planning appeal dropped


A company has withdrawn its appeal over plans to begin exploratory drilling for oil in a Lincolnshire village.

Council chiefs call for more climate change support


The Government must do more to help local areas adapt to climate change, councils in England have warned.

Government rejects call for local net zero delivery duty


The Government has rejected calls from the Liberal Democrats for local authorities to have a statutory duty to deliver net zero.

Delivering on the local net zero promise


Ahead of today’s Parliamentary debate on local government and net zero, Patrick Hargreaves, UK100 reflects on the obstacles to reducing carbon emissions.

Leicestershire hits 250,000 tree planting milestone


An environment plan in Leicestershire has reached a milestone with 250,000 trees now planted throughout the county.

Skilled worker shortage undermining net zero drive


A skilled worker shortage means that at the current rate of heat pump and insulation installation it could take ‘several hundred years’ to meet net zero.

Controversial eco service station given green light


Plans for a controversial ‘ultra-green’ service station and hotel in the South Downs National Park have been given the go-ahead.

Rooftop solar panels should be fitted as standard, charity says


The majority of the solar panels required to reach the Government’s net zero targets could be fitted on rooftops and car parks, campaigners say.

Pension fund managers called to account on climate


Local government pensions expert has demanded a meeting with fund managers amid concerns about how investment managers use proxy votes at shareholder meetings.

Plans for 100 Passivhaus apartments submitted to Salford CC


Plans have been submitted to Salford City Council for a new development of 100 ‘high-quality, affordable and sustainable’ apartments.

Council chiefs call for local approach to energy efficiency


Council leaders are calling for a new approach to energy efficiency as the latest figures show a big drop in the number of homes being insulated.

Shell hits back after council fund criticism


British multinational oil and gas firm Shell has defended its plans after criticism by UK local authority pension funds.

Councils call for more powers to address climate crisis


Government must provide more powers to councils and provide clarity, capacity and funding to address the climate crisis, a national cities network has urged.

Councils face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to net zero


Local authorities face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to achieving net zero goals, a new report backed by the Government’s net zero tsar has concluded.

Eco-friendly gardeners should be offered council tax cut


Residents who look after their gardens in an eco-friendly manner should be offered reduced council tax rates, researchers say.

Gas boiler ban risks increase in fuel poverty


A proposed ban on gas central heating boilers would push many people in the countryside into fuel poverty, according to industry figures.

Councils urged to tackle carbon emissions from private housing


The majority of councils have set carbon reduction targets to tackle climate change but less than half have considered emissions from private housing.

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