Tackling Climate Change: Mission Impossible or a New Hope?
The scale of the task may be enormous, but the pandemic can be the driver for radical change in business delivery - with climate friendly solutions at the forefront of our thinking, says Karen Whelan.
Making ‘green’ core to every policy and activity
Davy Jones and John Tizard present a plan for nurturing greener accessible places in ways that are equitable, tackle inequality, secure decent jobs and address sustainability.
‘Give places the funding to rebuild’
Nigel Riglar says we need to aim for more than a simple recovery, as our problems are too pressing, and councils must respond collectively to make the case for greater funding.
Lib Dems - 'We need a devolution revolution to drive the green revolution'
Fixing social care, tackling climate change, addressing deep-seated inequalities and rebuilding the economy are the ‘enormous challenges’ ahead, says acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.
Sunak set to unveil green investment plans
Plans to rebuild the economy with green investment are set to be launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his summer statement tomorrow.
Ministers urged to create a 'green bank'
Ministers have been urged to create a Green Bank to fund climate change investment as part of the Government’s multi-billion pound infrastructure investment programme announced earlier this week.
The future must be climate resilient
Simon Brammer and Simeran Bachra present some insights from a recent webinar with councils discussing how the pandemic is impacting action on climate change.
New rural network could be the hero for net zero
Cllr Steve Count explains why 21 councils have joined forces with UK100 to create - and this week to launch - the Countryside Climate Network.
'Councils crucial to meeting carbon target'
The UK’s target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 can only be reached with the contribution of councils, according to a new coalition.
Putting local communities at the heart of the green jobs revolution
Councils are driving the climate change agenda locally, says Cllr Sir Richard Leese. They can be the catalyst for a new green jobs bonanza to help recovery, he adds.
So you’ve declared a climate emergency: what next?
Paul O’Brien and Dr Peter Kenway warn that, while the eyes of the world have focused on COVID-19, an even bigger catastrophe is unfolding which needs action from elected leaders at every level.
Daring to be bold on net zero
How can local government adapt its path to net zero as society emerges from COVID-19, asks Robert Spencer.
District heating can help deliver on social housing energy efficiency pledges
Dr Tanja Groth discusses why district heating should form a key part of the Government’s post-coronavirus green agenda.
Pension funds urge Barclays to go further on climate action
Two local government pension funds have urged Barclays to go further on its climate commitments at its annual meeting next week.
We are working more closely together than ever
‘In terms of channel shift, in little more than a fortnight we have achieved what I thought would take about a year’, says chief executive of Stroud DC Kathy O’Leary.
The pathway to net-zero
A Re:fit Energy Performance Contract provides the opportunity for local and combined authorities to kick off their pathway to net-zero by implementing and accelerating energy efficiency measures, says Local Partnerships director Rachel Toresen-Owuor.
We need to be ready to cope with the next shock
When the opportunity to reflect comes, Ian Miller feels the conclusion may be reached that the UK was not well prepared for COVID-19.
The troubled world of off-setting and sequestration
Jo Wall says Local Partnerships' work on carbon sequestration, place-making and carbon accounting 'mean we have the skills to help assess the best options to adopt in order to select robust, practical and defensible plans for carbon off-setting'.
Climate emergency: adaptation
Councils must lead the development of localised climate change adaption and resilience, through both action and policy, says Jo Wall of Local Partnerships.
Budget should prioritise local resilience to climate change
The first Budget of a new Parliament provides an excellent opportunity to prioritise the mitigation of the impact extreme weather events have on our people and our places, says Sharon Kemp.