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Emissions rise at ‘environment capital’ council


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

Planning inspectors acted unlawfully over council’s net zero plans


Planning inspectors were wrong to describe West Oxfordshire District Council’s net zero plans for a garden village as ‘too rigorous’, a High Court judge has ruled.

Nearly 70% of EV owners unhappy with public chargers


Nearly 70% of electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicle owners who have used the UK’s public charging network have said they are unhappy with it.

Devon and Torbay devolution deal announced


Devon County Council and Torbay Council are set to enter a level 2 devolution deal with the Government.

West Midlands pilots £24m energy support scheme


Small businesses across the West Midlands are being offered support to cut their gas and electricity usage.

Skills shortage ‘putting brakes’ on net zero


The skills shortage is undermining efforts to reduce carbon emissions and effectively tackle the climate crisis, local authority leaders in London have warned.

Londoners struggling to take action on climate change


Londoners motivated to prevent climate change but are struggling to reduce emissions due to cost-of-living crisis, survey reveals as leaders meet for COP28.

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.

London council launches green investment scheme


Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council is inviting residents and businesses to invest in green projects across the borough.

Manifesto push for statutory economic powers


The Institute of Economic Development (IED) has launched an ‘agenda for change’ with a continued call for councils to be given statutory duties on economic development.

Time for local authorities to ‘right-size’ their offices?


Mobilityways' local authorities lead Graeme Banister asks: should councils reinvent their town halls, or motivate staff to return and fill up these empty edifices?

Councils ‘held back’ on net zero


The organisations that represent English councils have collaborated in a call for the Government to change its approach on delivering net zero.

Turning pensions into fossil fuel playthings


Robert Noyes, Platform London, argues that if councils are serious about net zero, then local government pension funds must divest from fossil fuels.

Councils underperform in first-of-kind climate study


Local authorities are not doing enough on net zero, the first study of UK councils’ climate action across all sectors has found.

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.

Sunak launches fight for motorists


The Government has announced plans to discourage English councils from bringing in 20mph and traffic reduction measures.

Government to restrict use of 20mph speed limits


Local leaders have responded critically to reports that the Government is set to restrict the ability of councils to impose 20mph speed limits on main roads.

Central government should ‘step aside on net zero if it won’t step up’


If central government ‘won't step up’, it should stand aside and allow local and regional leaders to forge ahead with decarbonisation, net zero tsar warns.

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.

How citizens hold the key to decarbonising Britain


Jonathan Bradley, head of Business and Practice at Granicus Experience Group (GXG) UK, argues that citizens hold the key to decarbonising Britain.

Empowering local businesses to reach net zero


Power to Change chief executive Tim Davies-Pugh calls on local councils to empower community business to help achieve their climate goals.

‘Up to’ £129m announced in zero emission bus boost


The transport secretary has announced ‘up to’ £129m to help local transport authorities introduce hundreds more zero emission buses.

Investment in home improvements could create £10bn boost


The Government could create a £10bn annual economic boost by spending a ‘tiny fraction’ of housing funding recently returned to the Treasury on improving the nation’s homes, according to a new report.

MPs launch electric vehicle (EV) inquiry


An inquiry into electric vehicles (EVs) has today been launched to help the Government better understand how the UK will reach net zero.

North East to benefit from £8m hydrogen investment


The North East is set to benefit from an £8m investment into the Tees Valley to support hydrogen-powered transport.

Now I am become Uxbridge, destroyer of rational climate discourse


Jason Torrance, UK100, responds to the Government’s criticism of clean air zones, low-traffic neighbourhoods and other net zero schemes.

Greenwich brings in parking charges based on emissions


Parking charges and resident and business permits in Greenwich are now based on vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions.

Pace of EV charger installation by councils a ‘real concern’


Poor investment at a local level means private investment will be required to meet a target to install 300,000 public EV chargers by 2030, law firm says.

Westminster unveils ‘trailblazing’ fleet electrification


Westminster City Council and Veolia are rolling out the UK’s largest electric refuse collection fleet, with vehicles powered by the waste they collect.

Whitehall impeding local plans’ potential for climate action


A lack of clarity on Government policy is undermining the ability of local planners to mitigate and adapt to the climate emergency, a new report has found.

Thousands more green buses needed to reach net zero


More than 5,800 extra green buses are needed in England by 2030 to reach net zero and support the levelling up agenda, according to a new report from IPPR.

LGA: Councils best placed to lead on climate action


The LGA has said that only councils can lead the climate action required to meet net zero after a report described Government progress as ‘worryingly slow’.

London’s consumption-based emissions not decreasing fast enough


The emissions created by the lifestyles of Londoners have decreased each year but more needs to be done if net zero targets are to be met, council chiefs say.

Reducing carbon emissions with data


Subu Kamal, TRL Software, looks at how councils can work collectively to reduce carbon emissions with data.

North Kelsey oil drilling planning appeal dropped


A company has withdrawn its appeal over plans to begin exploratory drilling for oil in a Lincolnshire village.

Government rejects call for local net zero delivery duty


The Government has rejected calls from the Liberal Democrats for local authorities to have a statutory duty to deliver net zero.

Delivering on the local net zero promise


Ahead of today’s Parliamentary debate on local government and net zero, Patrick Hargreaves, UK100 reflects on the obstacles to reducing carbon emissions.

Active Travel England to consult on large planning applications


Local planning authorities will now have to consult with Active Travel England (ATE) on all large planning applications.

Skilled worker shortage undermining net zero drive


A skilled worker shortage means that at the current rate of heat pump and insulation installation it could take ‘several hundred years’ to meet net zero.

Rooftop solar panels should be fitted as standard, charity says


The majority of the solar panels required to reach the Government’s net zero targets could be fitted on rooftops and car parks, campaigners say.

London boroughs agree first infrastructure framework


All 33 local authorities across London have agreed an infrastructure framework on a cross-party, pan-London basis for the first time.

Scottish councils ‘uniquely placed’ to assist reform


Councils are well-placed to deliver the key aims of Scotland’s government – such as tackling child poverty and net zero – but need funding, experts warn.

Councils face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to net zero


Local authorities face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to achieving net zero goals, a new report backed by the Government’s net zero tsar has concluded.

Sutton Council launches anti-ULEZ expansion petition


Sutton Council in south-west London has launched a petition among residents to protest against new restrictions on vehicle emissions.

Yorkshire Dales to see ‘significant boost’ in public transport


Public transport in the Yorkshire Dales is to expand after the authority running the National Park agreed to encourage a ‘boost’ to bus and rail services.

Why a circular economy is good for local government


Wayne Hubbard, CEO of ReLondon, argues that green measures can save councils money and help local businesses.

Surrey CC begins roll-out of record 10,000 EV chargers


EV owners in Surrey will soon have access to 10,000 public chargers as the council announces the largest deployment of charge points by a UK local authority.

Government must grasp opportunity of a climate positive UK


Mike Thornton of the Energy Saving Trust urges the Government to convert its words about net zero into action ahead of the spring budget.

Retrofitting historic buildings could boost economy by £35bn


Retrofitting the UK’s historic buildings in order to make them more energy efficient could generate £35bn of economic output a year, according to a new study.

Waverley BC welcomes court’s oil drilling decision


Waverley BC has welcomed a High Court judgement which allows the council to seek a statutory review of the planning permission for oil and gas exploration.

Delivering net zero targets requires rethink of localities' role


Delivering the UK’s 2030 target to cut carbon emissions requires a rethink of the role localities must play, according to the Green New Deal APPG.

Private cars exempt as Sheffield finally gets CAZ


Sheffield’s CAZ came into force on Monday, more than five years after the Government legally directed the council to implement the air quality measure.

MICHELIN’s Connected Fleet leads to nearly 50% drop in engine idling


Highway Traffic Management (HTM) reports dramatic drop in engine idling, following the installation of MICHELIN Connected Fleet’s on-board telematics system.

Cambridge’s King’s College to install solar panels on historic chapel


Cambridge CC has granted planning permission for the installation of solar panels on the roof of King’s College Chapel despite concerns.

Public sector pension funds call for ‘Say on Climate’ vote


Public sector pension funds have written to all FTSE listed companies requesting that they give shareholders a vote on plans for reducing emissions.

Closing doors: saving energy and money in the public sector


Amy Entwistle, partner in Morton Fraser’s Public Sector Team, looks at how councils can save energy and money on the journey to net zero.

Council launches net zero tourism network


A new network has been launched to promote collaborative, climate-friendly tourism in East Devon, the local council has announced.

Holyrood urged to empower councils to reach net zero


Scotland will not reach its net zero targets without first empowering the local government sector, MSPs have warned.

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