Climate change

  • Nine in 10 councils back net zero duty

    05 June 2024

    Almost nine in 10 councils have backed the introduction of a statutory net zero duty.


  • Clocking in for communities

    07 May 2024

    David Ramsay looks at the ambitions behind 15-minute neighbourhoods and how to overcome the challenges of creating them, including trying to sort out stakeholder objections early on.


  • High Court challenge against Government energy standards

    22 April 2024

    A legal challenge against Government restrictions on energy efficiency standards is to proceed to the High Court.


  • Greening public services

    16 April 2024

    GLL’s Chris Hebblewhite reveals progress on the co-op’s five year sustainability strategy.


  • Complex funding stymies net-zero push

    25 March 2024

    A ‘complex web’ of hard-to-reach Whitehall funding pots is hampering councils’ net-zero initiatives – with two-thirds of town halls not confident of hitting crucial targets.


  • A Dynamic win on waste

    20 February 2024

    The Local Government Association’s LG Challenge 2024 kicked off with a focus on recycling, reuse, and waste in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Jenson Kemp reports.


  • Decarbonisation: from planning to action

    20 February 2024

    Lack of capacity on the electricity grid can present a significant barrier to local authorities’ net zero goals. Ben Taylor explains how partnering with a decarbonisation expert can help to provide the best chance of success.


  • Getting crucial decarbonisation buy-in

    13 February 2024

    Sean Ranson suggests how local authorities can maximise buy-in and build advocacy for achieving net zero locally


  • Why climate change is health’s biggest threat

    15 January 2024

    The health risks from climate change are considerable, but directors of public health are ideally placed to ensure initiatives are implemented in the right way, to the right people, say Greg Fell and Darrell Gale.


  • Creative solution are emerging to enable the leisure sector to thrive

    17 November 2023

    The financial difficulties of the last few years have led many leisure centres to the edge of closure. William Benson sets out the challenges but says there is still plenty of room for optimism.


  • Good climate governance will net best results

    15 November 2023

    Annie Pickering looks at the results of the first-ever UK-wide assessment of councils’ net zero progress, and warns that rather than spending money rectifying past decisions, councils need to better examine the climate impact of current decisions.


  • English-Welsh council partnership signed in bid for extra funding

    13 November 2023

    Two English and two Welsh county councils have signed a partnership agreement.


  • Climate change: combatting fatalism

    13 November 2023

    Groundwork’s new strategy is one for a fair and green future in which people, places and nature thrive, says Graham Duxbury.


  • Thinking big and delivering locally

    08 November 2023

    Chippenham Town Council may be a parish council, but is structured as and acts like a district or borough council – and that was always the plan, says Mark Smith.


  • Beware the rise of conspiracy theories in our local politics

    08 November 2023

    Conspiracy theories thrive in the absence of transparency and effective communication, says Jessica Studdert. 'Part of the answer must lie in more, not fewer opportunities for public participation in decisions and building buy-in over trade-offs.'


  • Adapting to London’s changing climate challenge

    30 October 2023

    London and its residents are already being impacted by climate change, says Cllr Kieron Williams. He shares some of the approaches being taken to ensure the city can continue to thrive.


  • Dealing with weather’s extremes

    30 October 2023

    Maria Van-Hove and Dr Charlotte Parbery-Clark look at how local authorities in the UK can support actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, highlighting examples of good practice .


  • Time to unleash the potential of local authorities on net zero

    23 October 2023

    If Westminster will not provide national leadership on net zero, it should empower ambitious local authorities to forge ahead, says Chris Skidmore MP.


  • Greens push for divestment

    20 October 2023

    There will be a greater push for divestment in the local government pension scheme (LGPS) after the Greens made a record 200 seat gains this year, a senior councillor has predicted.


  • Councils underperform in first-of-kind climate study

    18 October 2023

    Widespread low scores in the first study of UK councils’ climate action highlight national barriers, pressure group Climate Emergency UK has said.