environment

Top panel formed to study local impact of Social Value Act

23/05/2019

Localis has launched a research project asking if the Government is providing social, economic and environmental benefits through public procurement.

Coventry ordered to implement clean air zone

17/05/2019

Coventry City Council has accused the Government of using ‘heavy handed’ tactics after it was ordered to implement a clean air zone.

Hackney publishes guide to banning traffic outside schools

17/05/2019

Hackney Council has launched a new toolkit designed to help local authorities ban traffic outside of schools at opening and closing times.

To what extent is the environment shaping national politics?

15/05/2019

Erica Popplewell explores what the local election results can tell us about concerns for the countryside and environment.

Khan hails 'landmark day' as London ULEZ begins

08/04/2019

London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) – described by mayor Sadiq Khan as the world’s toughest vehicle emissions standard – began on Monday.

Heat networks can deliver huge energy savings with regional leadership

01/04/2019

Abandoning one-boiler-per-property model could deliver carbon savings, but it won’t happen without strategies at the regional level, argues Sweco's Andy King.

Councils must finalise air quality plans or face legal action, lawyers say

27/03/2019

Environmental campaigners have written to 38 local authorities warning them to finalise their air quality plans or face legal action.

Birmingham faces 'major public health crisis’, council warns

14/03/2019

Birmingham City Council has been given the go-ahead to introduce a clean air zone to tackle what it has called a 'major public health crisis'.

Planners ‘must do more’ to protect people from pollution

28/02/2019

The Government's health advisers say planning authorities must make sure new building projects protect people from air pollution.

Scotland’s landfill ban will be £100m tax gift to England, waste experts say

27/02/2019

Waste management experts have ‘expressed deep concern’ that Scotland is not prepared for a landfill ban which will lead to higher haulage costs for councils.

Council chiefs insist waste reforms must be ‘fully funded’

18/02/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed plans to ‘overhaul’ the waste system, but cautioned Whitehall that any reforms need to be fully funded.

Infrastructure funding must be tied to ‘clean air agenda’, think tank says

14/02/2019

Ministers must use the forthcoming spending review to tie funding for vital public infrastructure to the 'clean air agenda', according to think tank Localis.

Around £2bn of clean energy projects ‘stuck’ due to lack of funds

30/01/2019

A ‘temperature check’ survey has identified an estimated £2bn worth of council clean energy projects that are struggling to progress due to underfunding.

Nottingham sets sights on being UK’s first carbon neutral city

23/01/2019

Nottingham City Council has set itself an ambitious target of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2028.

Consultation plans for council tree felling proposed

03/01/2019

Councils would be required to consult residents before cutting down trees in urban areas under Government plans.

Parish councils protest against airport expansion

20/12/2018

A group of parish councils have protested at plans to expand Bristol Airport on the grounds that it will increase traffic and damage the environment.

Recycling services receive a £1bn boost

18/12/2018

Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s new waste strategy, which aims to encourage businesses and manufacturers to use easily recyclable packaging.

Developers may be forced to make 'biodiversity net gain'

03/12/2018

Developers will have to improve habitats for wildlife under new rules proposed by environment secretary Michael Gove.

Council abandons controversial plan to drop kerbside plastic collection

28/11/2018

Swindon has abandoned controversial proposals to withdraw the kerbside collection of plastics and says it will carry out further ‘research’ into the issue.

Khan launches five ‘clean air’ zones

16/11/2018

Sadiq Khan yesterday launched five new ‘clean air’ zones in a bid to clean up some of London’s worst polluted hotspots.

West Midlands to invest £43m in ‘congestion busting projects’

07/11/2018

Local leaders in the West Midlands will this Friday consider plans to invest £43m in projects designed to tackle the region’s congestion problems.

Whitehall launches ‘fracking’ consultation

01/11/2018

The Government has launched a consultation on community involvement in shale gas proposals in an effort to ‘open a meaningful dialogue’.

How local authorities can ditch plastic

29/10/2018

Mike Winter outlines the lessons learned from London's refill revolution.

Whitehall’s response to air pollution ‘lacks ambition’

29/10/2018

Health bodies have criticised the Government’s approach to pollution and called for legally enforced air standards to ensure cleaner air across the UK.

Saving Britain’s bees

10/10/2018

Sophie Hamnett urges local authorities to adopt pollinator action plans, which could help save them money as well as protecting the country’s bees.

Councils must ‘act now’ to tackle carbon emissions

09/10/2018

Councils must ensure all plans have carbon-reduction targets, charity says after report warns global warming will lead to ‘unprecedented changes' in society.

Heathrow legal challenges to go to full hearing

05/10/2018

Courts of Justice today ruled that all six legal challenges brought against the decision in June to back a third runway at Heathrow can go to a full hearing.

Gove announces £15m pilot scheme to reduce food waste

02/10/2018

The Government will set up a £15m pilot scheme to reduce food waste, the environment secretary has announced.

Welsh council moves to monthly refuse collection service

25/09/2018

Welsh council has announced it will only collect refuse destined for landfill or incineration once a month in an effort to save money and encourage recycling.

City leaders call on PM to take action on air pollution

28/08/2018

Leaders of the UK’s major cities have joined forces to urge Theresa May to take ‘tough and urgent’ action to deal with air pollution.

Council proposes 10-point plan to tackle air pollution

08/08/2018

Oxford City Council has called on the Government to adopt a 10-point plan to tackle high air pollution levels which contribute to 40,000 deaths every year.

Council’s solar farm generates £1.3m in second year

07/08/2018

Forest Heath council’s solar farm has generated more than £1.3m of income, enabling the authority to plough over £370,000 back into council services.

North Londoners urged to ‘wise up to waste’

01/08/2018

The 'Blue Planet' programme has had a massive effect on people's attitudes to plastic waste, new research has found.

Birmingham councillor calls for action on dumped fridges

19/07/2018

A Birmingham councillor has called on the Government to do more to tackle the issue of dumped fridges.

Council use of incinerators ‘doubles’ since 2010

16/07/2018

The amount of waste managed by local authorities and sent to incinerators has doubled in less than a decade, a new report reveals.

Fracking decisions should be made at a local level, MPs warn

05/07/2018

Government plans to move decisions on fracking applications away from local planning authorities would be 'hugely harmful' to local democracy, MPs warn.

Glasgow set for Scotland’s first low emission zone

15/06/2018

Glasgow is set to become the first city in Scotland to reduce air pollution by imposing a low emission zone.

New Tree Champion to ‘drive forward’ planting at local level

13/06/2018

Local authorities are to be required to consult with residents before felling trees in their areas under a new duty, the environment secretary has said.

Councils need guidance to deliver electric vehicle infrastructure

25/05/2018

Electric vehicles have potential, but ensuring the infrastructure is available to support them is critical. Andy King, director of energy at Sweco, explains.

Whitehall launches tool to measure air pollution

22/05/2018

The Government’s public health body has launched a new tool to help councils calculate the potential costs of air pollution.

Council chiefs call for ‘sufficient’ funding to implement clean air strategy

22/05/2018

Local authority leaders have warned new air quality plans can only be successful if they are supported by ‘local flexibility and sufficient funding’.

Cardiff considering £26.5m scheme to reduce carbon emissions

20/04/2018

Cardiff Council are considering a £26.5m scheme which could heat public and commercial buildings across the city using non-recyclable waste.

Recycling scheme to tackle plastic bottle waste

28/03/2018

Environment secretary Michael Gove today announced a new deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste.

Think tank outlines priorities for Sheffield's metro mayor

09/03/2018

The new mayor of Sheffield City Region should quickly introduce a ‘clean air charge’ when they take office, address skills gaps and bolster commercial centres, according to a think tank.

Official guidance barely ‘scrapes surface’ of air quality crisis

08/02/2018

Official air quality guidance directs councils to focus on buses rather than the more serious sources of air pollution, campaigners warn.

Councils welcome Government proposals to fine fly-tippers

15/01/2018

Local authorities have welcomed the Government’s pledge to provide them with the powers to do more to tackle illegal waste and fly-tipping.

Only five councils bid for electric car charge points funding

12/01/2018

Only five councils have applied for funding to buy and install electric car charging points, the Government has revealed.

Charity publishes new guidelines for ‘nature-friendly’ developments

12/01/2018

A charity dedicated to the protection of wildlife has published a set of guidelines to help local authorities build nature-friendly housing developments.

New forest to help deliver ‘Green Brexit’, Gove claims

08/01/2018

The Environment Secretary has claimed the Government’s £6m plan to create a ‘Northern Forest’ would help deliver a ‘Green Brexit’.

MPs call for ‘latte levy’ to improve recycling facilities

05/01/2018

A 25p levy should be applied to all disposable coffee cups and a target set to recycle all cups by 2023, MPs have said today.

The problem with the T-Charge

18/12/2017

Will introducing a T-Charge in London help reduce emissions and improve air quality? Sukalpa Biswa argues there are more effective approaches.

Air pollution harming unborn babies, medical study shows

06/12/2017

Air pollution from road traffic in London is harming unborn babies, a shocking medical study has revealed.

Edinburgh offers £80,000 for electric vehicle charging system ideas

04/12/2017

The City of Edinburgh Council is offering £80,000 in a competition to find the best idea for how to develop new charging systems for electric vehicles.

Budget 2017: Hammond goes ‘electric first’ with car tech revolution

22/11/2017

Philip Hammond put the ‘technical revolution’ surrounding transport at the heart of his Budget today, but emphasised he would prioritise electric cars.

Councils awarded £11m for green buses

29/08/2017

Local authorities and bus companies have been awarded more than £10m to help them purchase low emission buses.

Local authority pension funds ‘ratcheting up’ climate change engagement

06/06/2017

Local authority pension funds are going to ‘ratchet up’ their efforts to encourage companies to be more aware of climate change and how it will impact the value of their stocks.

Bristol named ‘green capital’ of the UK

02/06/2017

Bristol has been named the greenest city in the UK as part of research into the country’s most environmentally friendly cities.

Experts say more hedges in cities could cut pollution

18/05/2017

Low hedges should be planted along roads in built-up areas of cities to help tackle pollution, a new study has urged.

Whitehall’s clean air proposals ‘passing buck’ to councils

05/05/2017

The Government is ‘passing the buck’ to local authorities with ‘weak’ proposals to tackle air pollution, environmental lawyers say.

Campaigners urge metro mayors to ‘green’ city regions

04/05/2017

Environmental campaigners have called on the incoming metro mayors to take urgent action to improve the environment in their city regions.

Local authorities urged to protect bees

06/04/2017

Councils have been urged to help save bees by cutting grass less often - and claim 'huge' public support for the policy.

London mayor blasts Heathrow expansion plans

31/03/2017

Sadiq Khan has accused the Government of not providing answers to ‘fundamental questions’ about the impact the third Heathrow runway will have on London.

Government announces nearly £300m investment into green vehicles

30/11/2016

The Government has announced a £290m investment plan to support green vehicles as part of it's target for cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050.

Report shows green buses are saving 55,000 tonnes of emissions per year

10/11/2016

Greener buses are saving 55,000 tonnes of emissions and delivering £8m in health and environmental benefits every year, according to a new report.

Controversial plans for Heathrow expansion approved

25/10/2016

The Government has announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow despite environmental concerns.

Milton Keynes reports 300% increase in low-emission vehicles

17/10/2016

Implementation of low-carbon transport technology in schemes throughout Milton Keynes has resulted in a tripling of the use of electric vehicles (EV) across the city, a council report has claimed.

Councils urged to bid for £35m funding for environmentally-friendly vehicles

14/10/2016

The Government is encouraging councils to bid for funding from a multi-million pound package designed to boost the uptake of ultra-low emission taxis and cars.

Local communities should have ‘final say’ on fracking, councils warn

06/10/2016

The decision on whether or not to allow fracking to go ahead should be in the hands of the local communities ‘most affected’, council chiefs say.

Norwich council to abolish single-use plastic products

30/09/2016

Norwich City Council has committed itself to becoming a single-use-plastic-free authority by the end of 2017.

Council pledges to improve wildlife habitats under road scheme

29/09/2016

Staffordshire County Council is promising to create ‘better wildlife habitats’ as part of works to build a relief road.

Whitehall should invest in low carbon ‘green engine’ of the Northern Powerhouse

12/09/2016

The Government should support the ‘green engine’ of the Northern Powerhouse by investing more in the low carbon economy, a new report argues.

Six billion fewer plastic bags used thanks to charge

01/08/2016

Shoppers are set to take home six billion fewer plastic bags this year as a result of the five pence charge, the Government says.

Scottish councils take the recycling pledge

26/07/2016

Half of all the councils in Scotland have signed up to a Scottish Government-backed charter to make household recycling easier.

Councils awarded £30m for environmentally-friendly buses

25/07/2016

Local authorities and bus operators have been awarded millions to buy low emmission buses.

Non-recyclable coffee cups cost millions to dispose of, LGA says

22/07/2016

High street coffee chains must go ‘further and faster’ in developing recyclable cups, councils say.

Cities of the future

21/06/2016

Sara Smith argues that cities must look to people not cars for inspiration.

Cuts put public at risk from contaminated soil

02/06/2016

Whitehall is putting the public’s health at risk by cutting council grants to clean up contaminated brownfield land, the Environmental Audit Committee has warned.

Powers to tackle pollution should be devolved to councils, committee says

27/04/2016

Councils should be given powers to create Clean Air Zones to help stop 50,000 people a year dying early from pollution-related illnesses, says committee.

Sheffield aims to become a European green city

01/03/2016

Sheffield has taken crucial steps towards becoming a European green city with the publication of new report.

Council sets up first ever ‘Solar Bond’

24/02/2016

Swindon has launched the UK’s first ever ‘Council Solar Bond’ in order to pay for a community solar farm.

Fracking causes noise pollution and road damage, scientists say

24/02/2016

Fracking could lead to an increase in heavy-duty vehicles on the road, which could, in turn, give rise to substantial increases in noise levels, road damage, and air pollution in local areas, new research has uncovered.

Authorities exceeding recycling expectations, but more must be done, says union

14/01/2016

73 councils in England already meet or exceed the EU recycling rate target of 50% of household waste by 2020, but more investment is needed if this progress is to continue, according to GMB.

Gloucestershire council claims to be ‘first in Europe’ to become carbon neutral

22/12/2015

A council in Gloucestershire is claiming to be the first in Europe - and just the second worldwide - to become carbon neutral.

Ministers face legal action over air pollution plans

18/12/2015

Environmental lawyers are to mount a legal challenge against the Government over its failure to introduce Clean Air Zones in more cities.

Launch of the new Local Authority Energy Index

20/11/2015

A new index that measures local authority energy efficiency was launched yesterday at the House of Commons.

Council uses night vision goggles to fight dog litter

11/11/2015

Stafford Borough Council will arm its officers with night-vision goggles in order to fight a dog litter problem.

Tackling the UK’s big butt problem

10/11/2015

Designated areas for smokers can help tackle the expensive problem of discarded cigarette butts, claim Keep Britain Tidy.

Manhattan-style ‘pocket parks’ to be created in UK towns and cities

09/11/2015

England’s ‘unloved spaces’ will be transformed into Manhattan-style ‘pocket parks’, according to new proposals.

Cities should consider vehicle ban to cut pollution, says Defra

15/09/2015

London, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton and Derby have been told to consider banning some vehicles from their city centres to tackle air pollution.

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