environment

ULEZ expansion 'a lifeline for Londoners'

25/10/2021

As London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) sees a massive expansion, a think tank has called on mayor Sadiq Khan to go further and introduce a pay-per-mile road user charging scheme.

What does local government hope to get from the Spending Review?

25/10/2021

From a a multi-year funding settlement to fixing the social care crisis, William Eichler explores what local government is hoping to hear on Wednesday.

Accelerating local government’s transition to net zero with AI-enabled procurement

22/10/2021

Muhammad Malik explains how local government can harness AI technologies to streamline the cost of procuring renewable energy without impacting daily operations.

A lot of hot air from government on air quality?

20/10/2021

Mark Nichols explains how live data on air quality can help councils identify areas of concern and what actions will be the most effective.

Now is the time to support, inspire and empower our youth in addressing climate change

19/10/2021

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’

18/10/2021

Councils should have a role to play in avoiding widening regional inequalities when retrofitting housing, according to a new report today.

Camden becomes latest council to consider climate bond

14/10/2021

The London Borough of Camden Council has announced plans to create climate bonds to fund environmental projects.

Adaptation in danger of being ‘undercooked’ at COP26

13/10/2021

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.

Planning for a carbon zero fleet

04/10/2021

Tammy Carter explains how small changes to local government’s transport and travel strategy can help us reach carbon net zero.

Council set to approve Clean Air Zone despite reservations

29/09/2021

Portsmouth City Council is set to discuss the start date of its Government-mandated Clean Air Zone (CAZ) despite its preference for other options to improve air quality.

New research to help local authorities plan for a ‘just’ transition to net zero

28/09/2021

A new research project to discover how the UK’s transition to net zero will affect the poorest families and communities has been launched.

Report sets out plan to reverse biodiversity decline by 2030

22/09/2021

A new report has set out nine changes that can be delivered by local government and other partners to reverse biodiversity decline by the 2030s.

Green homes 'revolution' would give £9.8bn boost to UK economy, report argues

21/09/2021

A new strategy to decarbonise the UK's housing stock could create up to 138,600 new jobs and boost the economy by £9.8bn by 2030, according to a new report.

Call to give councils the power to fight non-traffic air pollution

15/09/2021

Councils should be given tough new powers to tackle non-transport related pollution, according to a debate in the House of Lords this week.

UK’s first Zero Emission Zone to launch next year

10/09/2021

Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot will take place in Oxford next February, it has been confirmed.

Encouraging biodiversity in UK cities: Bee Bus Stops and more

07/09/2021

Will Ramage discusses how councils can use urban infrastructure to positively contribute towards biodiversity and climate resilience.

Charity calls for hedgerows to be boosted by 40%

06/09/2021

The Government should set a target of increasing the hedgerow network by 40% by 2050 to create thousands more jobs and boost the economy, according to a countryside charity.

The battle for sustainability will be won or lost in cities

01/09/2021

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.

Business rates system 'discourages shift to net zero'

31/08/2021

Small firms have written to the Government warning that the business rates system is a disincentive to invest in net zero and employee wellbeing measures.

Over 100 councils pledge support for Bill aimed at cutting emissions

20/08/2021

Over 100 local authorities have pledged their support for a Bill aimed at reducing the UK’s carbon emissions and ecological footprint.

Record levels of lithium discovered in Cornwall

12/08/2021

The energy company Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) yesterday announced that it had discovered record levels of lithium in its geothermal waters.

Only one third of planning authorities have access to ‘in-house’ ecologist

12/08/2021

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

11/08/2021

Council chiefs have called on the Government to champion their role in tackling the climate crisis after warnings that climate change was ‘intensifying’.

Consultation on plans to support natural areas launched

11/08/2021

The Government yesterday launched a consultation on plans to help local communities better support their natural areas.

Camden council launches world’s densest air quality sensor network

05/08/2021

The world’s densest air quality sensor network, which aims to fundamentally transform how air pollution is monitored and managed, will be installed in the London borough of Camden this summer.

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.

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