environment

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.

Councils in north east band together to plant 500 hectares of trees

21/07/2021

Six local authorities in the north east have joined forces with environmental organisations to plant a new forest.

Public call on councils to do more to protect the natural environment

19/07/2021

Only a third of the UK public think local government is doing enough to protect and enhance the natural environment, a report has revealed today.

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.

Procurement and the challenges of decarbonising local government fleets

12/07/2021

Gavin Rimmington offers insight into the important role of procurement to decarbonising local government fleets, and the most efficient ways to enable large-scale transitioning.

First shortlist unveiled for £120m zero emission buses funding

07/07/2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced its first shortlist from the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, providing £120m to support the roll-out of zero emission buses across England.

Net zero could generate £330bn investment into UK, commission finds

02/07/2021

Meeting net zero in London and the UK’s Core Cities could bring up to £330bn of investment into the UK, new analysis has revealed.

Glasgow first city to sign Circular Cities Declaration

02/07/2021

Glasgow has become the first city in the UK to sign the Circular Cities Declaration.

Labour warns UK needs more than 127,000 chargepoints by 2025

29/06/2021

The UK has only 15% of the electric vehicle charging points it needs to meet net zero, according to new analysis.

We must seize the opportunity to accelerate a circular economy

25/06/2021

Victoria Lawson argues that moving to a circular economy could tackle the climate crisis, shorten supply chains, support new green jobs and encourage more connected and resilient communities.

Helping councils create greener construction sites

23/06/2021

Dave Luscombe explains how local authorities can help to deliver a cleaner construction environment, with ECV (Emissions Compliance Verification) for construction machinery.

Burnham's Clean Air zone accused of having 'blind' spot towards air pollution

22/06/2021

Greater Manchester (GM) mayor Andy Burnham has ‘put local taxi drivers first’ by adding them to a list of vehicle operators who will initially be exempt from the region’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ), despite claims that it will ‘kick-start the city region's green revolution’.

Local authorities competing for clean air

17/06/2021

Gavin Bailey argues the current Clean Air Zone mechanism is asking local authorities to fix a problem they simply cannot fix.

Oxford-Cambridge Arc: environment actions not rhetoric

04/06/2021

Cllr Bridget Smith outlines the five Principles that will turn the Ox-Cam region into a ‘Green Arc.’

Charges for Birmingham's Clean Air Zone delayed for two weeks

02/06/2021

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) finally went live on Monday, but with a two-week ‘soft launch period’ where no charges will be levied.

It’s time for councils to step on the gas

01/06/2021

Chris Hampton explains how councils can decarbonise transport hubs with hydrogen and provides a quick guide on how to get started.

Children call on local leaders to tackle air pollution

01/06/2021

Nearly half of British children believe local leaders should be helping to tackle air pollution, according to the results of a new survey.

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.

Ofgem announces £300m investment in charging infrastructure

24/05/2021

Ofgem today announced that it is investing £300m in new infrastructure to support the roll out of 1,800 ultra-rapid charging points at motorway service areas.

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.

Highways England steps in to improve toxic air in Dorset village

12/05/2021

Highways England is to impose a permanent 30mph speed limit in a village suffering high air pollution after a trial achieved an improvement.

Queen's speech: PM's 'live local and prosper' promise

09/05/2021

Levelling up, boosting the economy and backing the NHS are set to be the priorities for Tuesday’s Queen’s speech.

Pollution fears rise as traffic surges in Scottish cities

06/05/2021

New data shows that traffic levels in Edinburgh and Glasgow have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, adding to fears about air quality following delays to Scotland’s planned Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

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.

Building a public EV charging network

05/05/2021

Cecilia Routledge looks at the seven key things that local authorities need to consider when installing EV chargepoints.

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.

How local councils can help stop unnecessary plastic ending up in landfill

28/04/2021

Paul Empson outlines three simple ways councils can help raise awareness of the impact plastic food delivery trays have on the environment.

Westminster first UK council to install 1,000 EV charge points

28/04/2021

Westminster City Council is the first local authority in the UK to install more than 1,000 electric vehicle charge points.

Glasgow first to sign circular economy commitment

22/04/2021

Glasgow City Council has become the first in the UK to sign a commitment to raise awareness of the full benefits of the circular economy. 

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.

The importance of sustainable waste management strategies for the UK's local authorities

26/03/2021

Peter Vernon sustainable waste management strategies in the context of wheelie-bin procurement and improved recycling rates.

Coventry gets go-ahead for all-electric buses

24/03/2021

Coventry is set to become the UK’s first All Electric Bus City after the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) backed the project.

Government unveils hydrogen transport hub ‘masterplan’

17/03/2021

The Government has unveiled the official ‘masterplan’ for the UK’s first-ever hydrogen transport hub.

County council approves Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone pilot

17/03/2021

Oxford’s proposed Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot has been formally approved by Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet for launch in August.

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.

Bath's Clean Air Zone goes live

15/03/2021

The UK’s first charging clean air zone (CAZ) outside of London has been launched in Bath today.

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.

Councils share £5m in Air Quality Grants

10/03/2021

A further £5m has been awarded to local authorities across England to deliver projects that tackle air pollution.

Schools Streets cutting air pollution, study reveals

09/03/2021

Closing roads around schools at pick-up and drop-off times has reduced air pollution by 23% in London, a new study published by mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed.

UK has broken air pollution law for a decade, top court warns

05/03/2021

The UK has 'systematically and persistently' broken legal limits on dangerous air pollution since 2010, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled.

Pandemic could lead to rise in road traffic levels, data warns

04/03/2021

Traffic levels in some of the UK’s largest cities have nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels, new data has revealed.

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.

Why green will be the next tick box for procurement

23/02/2021

Richard Lilwall explains how AI can be used to help councils develop their green fleet strategies.

Council pension funds invest nearly £10bn in fossil fuels

23/02/2021

Nearly £10bn of local government pension funds are still invested in fossil fuels, new research has uncovered.

Social housing sector calls for guidance to meet sustainability targets

16/02/2021

Nine in 10 social housing construction professionals believe the sector is in urgent need of new Government guidelines if it is going to meet sustainability targets, a new survey has revealed.

UK set for first hydrogen homes

16/02/2021

The UK’s first homes with appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen will be built in Gateshead this April.

Council to trial hydrotreated vegetable oil-fuelled waste collections

11/02/2021

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s waste collections could soon be run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) following an agreement with Crown Oil to trial this environmentally friendly fuel in two of its refuse vehicles.

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.

MPs call for tougher targets to lower air pollution

11/02/2021

MPs have urged the Government to set tougher targets to lower air pollution in and give councils extra funding to improve local air quality.

Defra announces £10m fund to drive private sector investment in nature

10/02/2021

The Government has announced a multi-million-pound fund which aims to help local authorities attract private investment into projects focused on tackling climate change.

Over half a million face clean air zone charges this year

08/02/2021

Half a million drivers in London and Birmingham could be 'priced off the road' under Clean Air Zone charges this year, according to motoring group The AA.

Government's EV charging plans 'won't be enough', report argues

02/02/2021

The UK needs to install public electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints five times faster than the current rate at an estimated cost of between £5bn and £10bn by 2030, a think tank has said.

Councils urged to bid for extended electric vehicle chargepoints funding

02/02/2021

Local authorities are being urged to apply for a share of £20m funding to help increase the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints.

Scottish council launches world’s first hydrogen double-decker buses

29/01/2021

Aberdeen has claimed a world first after a fleet of double-decker hydrogen buses officially launched into service.

Oxford first council to approve city-wide air pollution target

21/01/2021

Oxford City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to approve a city-wide air pollution reduction target.

Councils plan to install 35 on-street EV chargers each by 2025

20/01/2021

Councils are planning on installing just 35 on-street electric vehicle chargers each by 2025 on average, an investigation has revealed.

New homes will need to reduce emissions by at least 75% by 2025

20/01/2021

All new buildings will have to meet tough new energy efficiency standards under plans published by the Government.

Campaigners call on councils to help reduce car use

19/01/2021

Environmental campaigners have called on local authorities to cancel spending on road building and to redirect funds to boost public transport and active travel.

Local authorities can lead green agenda by taking advantage of government incentives

11/01/2021

With the right support, UK local authorities can lead the charge on introducing new energy efficiency measures – but tapping into government funding is key, explains Dr Tanja Groth.

Towards Net Zero

07/01/2021

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

Coventry and Oxford prepare to run UK’s first all-electric bus services

07/01/2021

Coventry and Oxford are set to receive up to £50m to help them become the first parts of the UK to run all-electric bus services, the transport secretary has announced.

How schools can combat waste

22/12/2020

Michael Taylor, general manager at Skip Hire UK, looks at how schools can combat waste.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2020

16/12/2020

Although the dispute over council pay caused the most stir in the local government sector this year, the impact of dealing with the pandemic obviously dominated the headlines as well.

Coventry named best for EV infrastructure for mainland UK

16/12/2020

Coventry City Council provides the most electric car chargers in mainland Britain, according to new research.

Local authorities need greater clarity and commitment from government to make our homes greener

16/12/2020

Mike Thornton argues local authorities cannot be successful in reducing carbon emissions in their areas without the backing of a clear national policy framework.

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.

Councils warned to push ahead with clean air zones

10/12/2020

Air pollution exceeds pre-pandemic levels in 80% of places despite continued lockdown restrictions, new research has uncovered today.

Scope 3 emissions - what are they and why are they so important?

09/12/2020

George Beechener explains how Scope 3 emissions work and why they’re so important.

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.

Regions urged to apply to host UK's prototype fusion power plant

02/12/2020

Local communities and regions are being invited to put forward proposals to host the UK’s prototype fusion energy power plant.

Big Issue eBikes: Biking for good!

01/12/2020

Lord John Bird explains why The Big Issue has launched 'Biking for Good' with ShareBike to boost employment in the UK.

Flood funding for councils may not be enough, watchdog finds

27/11/2020

The Government is unable to prove councils have enough funding for flood defences, a spending watchdog has discovered.

Council raises £1m for solar panels through ‘community investment’

19/11/2020

Warrington Borough Council’s first Community Municipal Investment (CMI) has reached its £1m target thanks to investments from over 500 people across the UK.

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.

Labour calls for creation of 400,000 green jobs

10/11/2020

Labour has called on the Government to ‘build it in Britain’ and to support the creation of 400,000 new jobs with a green economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Volunteers report rise in PPE pollution on beaches

06/11/2020

Discarded face masks and gloves have been found on 30% of Britain's beaches, according to the results of this year’s Great British Beach Clean.

Copeland residents asked to consider new radioactive waste facility

05/11/2020

A Working Group has been formed to start local engagement on whether Copeland could be a suitable location for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for higher activity radioactive waste.

London boroughs call for £115m to retrofit energy inefficient buildings

03/11/2020

Local authorities in London are calling on the Government to ‘secure London’s environmental and economic future’ by increasing funding for councils to retrofit energy inefficient buildings.

Rethinking local regeneration

02/11/2020

If we to truly 'build back better', local authorities need a new approach to regeneration, argues Hannah Vickers.

Coastal areas call for £1bn to decarbonise the maritime sector

09/10/2020

Local coastal leaders have called on the chancellor to invest £1bn to completely decarbonise the maritime sector.

Birmingham to launch Clean Air Zone in June 2021

09/10/2020

Birmingham City Council has confirmed the government-mandated Clean Air Zone is now scheduled to launch on 1 June 2021.

Air pollution round schools is impacting learning, research finds

08/10/2020

Reducing air pollution levels by 20% could improve a child’s ability to learn within one month, new research has found.

Call for evidence on appointing Air Quality Partners

06/10/2020

The Government has launched a call for evidence on which public bodies should help local authorities to tackle air pollution.

'Dramatic' fall in London's air pollution since 2016, data shows

05/10/2020

Despite dramatic improvements in London's air quality since 2016, air pollution is still a major public health challenge, new data has revealed.

Teesside mayor announces UK’s first hydrogen transport centre

30/09/2020

Teesside is set to become the site of the UK’s first hydrogen transport centre, the Tees Valley mayor has announced.

PM pledges to protect ‘additional 4%’ of UK’s land

28/09/2020

The Government has committed to protecting 30% of the UK’s land by 2030 as part of a global effort to protect nature and boost biodiversity.

New benchmark reveals top five ‘green economies’ in UK

24/09/2020

The top five green economies per capita in 2018/19 were in south east England, Greater Manchester and the Leeds City Region, according to new research.

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.

Where do Clean Air Zones fit in the green recovery?

18/09/2020

Laura Thornton and Stuart Thomson, the legal director and head of public affairs respectively at BDB Pitmans, look at Clean Air Zones and the green recovery.

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 announces ‘innovative’ nitrate neutral development scheme

14/09/2020

Havant Borough Council has become the first local authority to enable nitrate neutral regeneration and redevelopment.

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