Climate change

Decarbonisation efforts ‘penalise’ rural households, warns think tank


The Government has been urged to give rural households who live off the gas grid more time to transition to low carbon heating.

Greenwich council reduces waste collections in move to net zero


Greenwich council is reducing the number of waste collections it offers as part of the effort to cut carbon emissions and increase the rate of recycling.

Councils invited to join community energy scheme


A new scheme aimed at bringing councils and communities together to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality has been rolled out across the country.

Campaigners call for ’20-minute neighbourhoods’ to cut emissions


All new homes should be within 10 minutes’ walk from shops and schools if the UK is to reduce its carbon emissions, sustainable transport campaigners say.

Metropolitan transport authorities 'key' to tackling climate change


New report argues that metropolitan transport authorities have integral role to play in tackling the climate crisis by reducing transport systems' emissions.

Council to save £600,000 a year with new solar farm


Leicestershire County Council has approved plans for a new solar farm that could save the council £600,000 a year in energy bills and cut carbon emissions.

Electric vehicle plug-in grant comes to an end


The Government is today closing the plug-in grant for cars and says the focus will now be on expanding the public charge point network.

‘Clean Air Net Zero’ approach could boost local areas by £1.6bn


Local policymakers must consider the air quality impact of net zero policies to save billions of pounds and to avoid a ‘dieselgate scandal’, new report says.

Councils ‘bitterly disappointed’ by oil drilling decision


The Government has been criticised for granting permission for oil drilling to go ahead on a site in Surrey against the county council’s wishes.

Charge point operator warns of £1.5bn shortfall in EV funding


A charge point operator has warned of a £1.5bn shortfall in Government electric vehicle infrastructure funding and called on the private sector to step in.

Council submits plans for £12m solar farm


West Berkshire Council has submitted plans for a £12m solar farm that could generate enough electricity each year to heat over 7,000 homes.

Councils play ‘critical role’ in net zero journey


The new president of ADEPT has urged the Government to give councils the powers, resources and funding they need to deliver net zero.

A new tool for sustainable living


Buckinghamshire Council is proud to be the first council in the UK to use the official app guiding users towards living sustainably in support of the United Nations ACTNOW for climate change campaign. Gareth Williams explains.

Smarter steps to a greener future


Brightly’s digital asset management solution, Confirm, is helping local authorities to streamline their operations, cut costs and contribute to the wider, global sustainability mission. Hannah Winstanley explains more.

Government urged to invest over £2bn a year in energy efficiency measures


The Government has been urged to commit to spending £2.3bn a year for the next decade on raising the energy efficiency standards of 2.3 million homes.

Public sector buildings to benefit from over £550m of energy efficiency projects


Hundreds of public buildings are to be upgraded with low carbon heating and energy efficiency measures as part of the effort to cut the use of fossil fuels.

Council launches West Midland’s first community investment fund


Telford & Wrekin Council has launched the West Midland’s first crowdfunding campaign to try and raise half a million pounds for green initiatives.

City council invites businesses to test-drive electric vans


Nottingham City Council is inviting businesses to test-drive a new electric van before taking a fully-funded one-month trial.

Meeting new water consumption targets


Dr Glyn Hyett explains how water re-use systems can help local authorities avoid floods and droughts, and make carbon footprint savings at the same time.

Council supply chains responsible for 10% of UK emissions


Local authority supply chains are responsible for over 10% of UK carbon emissions, new research reveals.

Inspiring local councils to take further action on net zero


William Eichler finds out how councils are tackling the climate emergency, what success stories there have been, and what the barriers are to making progress.

Kent council buys £14m solar farm


A new 38-hectare solar farm in North Somerset has been acquired by Kent County Council (KCC) and LASER Energy.

Energy strategy to bring about planning overhaul


The Government is to reform planning regulations in the hope of boosting the nation’s energy supply.

Only a quarter of councils published EV strategies


Only a quarter of local authorities in the UK have published electric vehicle (EV) transition strategies, a freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed.

Solar panels to be installed on public buildings in Wales


Public buildings in Wales are set to have solar panels installed as part of the Welsh government’s efforts to promote community owned renewable energy.

Charity calls for ‘mobility credits’ to promote shared transport


England’s councils have been urged to introduce incentives for people to give up private vehicles to help increase the use of shared transport.

Bristol council considers £12m LED upgrade


Bristol CC is considering a multi-million-pound scheme to replace 29,000 street lights with LED lanterns to help cut carbon emissions and energy bills.

Shapps launches £10m pilot EV charging fund


Transport secretary Grant Shapps has written to local authority chief executives to launch a pilot £10m bidding scheme to boost local EV infrastructure.

West Midlands gets ready for fleet of 124 hydrogen buses


A fleet of 124 new hydrogen fuelled buses will be taking to the streets of the West Midlands following the approval of a £30m Department for Transport grant.

Councils set to benefit from £36m of coastal erosion funding


Local authorities are set to benefit from £36m of funding which aims to encourage innovative approaches of adapting to the effects of coastal erosion.

Reaching net zero impossible without national planning policy changes


Reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is impossible without urgent changes to national planning policy, countryside campaigners say.

London boroughs commit to work for a ‘more sustainable’ city


Local authorities in London have committed to work collaboratively to reach net zero targets across the capital.

Industry leaders call for ‘step change’ in EV charger roll-out


Industry leaders have called for a ‘step change’ in the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging roll-out to deliver the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars.

Council to serve only vegan food at events


Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet has approved plans to serve only locally sourced plant-based food at council catered events.

Achieving a net zero future


Stew Horne says local authorities must help move low carbon behaviour from the margins to the mainstream.

Heat pump strategy leaves ‘questions unanswered’


The Government’s heat pump strategy leaves ‘many questions unanswered’, the Government's advisory Climate Change Committee (CCC) has said.

Councils need more ‘funding and powers’ to tackle climate change


Progress needs to be accelerated in every local area if the UK’s climate and nature targets are to be met, climate campaigners say.

Swindon and Wiltshire councils to help deliver £5m home upgrades


The South West Energy Hub will work with Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council to deliver over £5m worth of home upgrades across Swindon and Wiltshire.

London council launches community municipal investment for green projects


Camden Council has launched the Camden Climate Investment in a bid to raise £1m to tackle climate change.

Putting Brent’s residents at the heart of climate action


Brent LBC introduced resident-led decision making on how to spend local money to cut carbon emissions. Shazia Hussain explains the thinking behind the trailblazing Participatory Budgeting approach.

Prince William praises county council’s COP initiative


The Duke of Cambridge has pledged his support for a year-long initiative aimed at fighting climate change organised by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Government at risk of missing net zero target


The Government’s approach to decarbonising residential heating lacks clear direction and is unlikely to help meet the UK’s 2050 net zero target, MPs say.

A fifth of UK councils yet to publish climate action plan, research finds


A fifth of councils have not published a plan to tackle climate change despite many declaring a climate emergency, new research has uncovered.

Cyclist Chris Boardman appointed active travel commissioner


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Council votes to disinvest £40m from fossil fuels


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


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

Councils must battle inaction after announcing a climate emergency


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

Leadership in a tough climate


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


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


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


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%


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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

MPs launch inquiry into local government and net zero


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


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


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


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


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


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

Tackling the red tape in green energy


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


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

Nearly 60 councils commit to ambitious net zero targets


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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