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Council plants all-vegan menu idea


Only plant-based food would be served at events hosted by Calderdale Council if a new catering policy is approved.

Emissions rise at ‘environment capital’ council


Peterborough City Council's greenhouse gas emissions have risen by half in a year.

Heat pumps plan to be scrapped over costs


Salford City Council is set to withdraw plans to install air source heat pumps at its town hall due to the cost of the project.

Portsmouth CAZ ‘not enough’ as legal limits still breached


A government-mandated clean air zone (CAZ) in Portsmouth is not enough to reduce emissions, with pollution on three sites continuing to breach the legal limit, the city’s council has said.

Tidal barrage could be new Wirral-Liverpool link


A tidal barrage across the Mersey could provide a new link between Wirral and Liverpool, according to a report.

Edinburgh to spend £55m to make fleet LEZ compliant


Edinburgh City Council is set to spend £55m replacing obsolete vehicles and ensuring its fleet complies with new environmental rules.

Councillors ‘powerless and penniless’ on clean air


Elected members do not believe that councils have the powers or budgets to make meaningful change on air quality, research has found.

Glasgow clean air bid gets all clear


A legal challenge to Glasgow's Low Emission Zone (LEZ) from a local business has failed.

Khan hails ULEZ compliance as revenue doubles


London mayor Sadiq Khan has welcomed new data showing that compliance rates in the new outer London part of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) have nearly caught up with those in inner London.

Air quality rules continue to trouble Bath area


A council that had ‘officially passed a government milestone’ for cleaning up toxic air breached legal limits as traffic returned after the pandemic, according to recent data.

Controversial Oxford LTNs made permanent


Three low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in Oxford are to become permanent, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet decided this week.

Battery-powered trains hit tracks in UK first


The first UK passenger trains to run using battery technology have been launched in the Liverpool City Region.

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.

County areas behind on EV charging


The number of publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charge points in England’s county and rural areas lags ‘far behind’ major towns and cities, according to a report.

£5.5m for EV charging in West Sussex


West Sussex County Council has received £5.5m to pay for the installation of up to 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charge points.

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.

‘Landmark’ green energy network gains pace in Bradford


Plans have progressed for a district heat network in Bradford, which developers say will be the largest of its kind in the UK.

No investigation over ULEZ research collusion claims


There will be no investigation into the London Mayor’s deputy for environment over reports that she urged scientists to counter research relating to low emissions zones, the Mayor's office has said today.

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.

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