Climate change

  • Campaigners call for ’20-minute neighbourhoods’ to cut emissions

    28 June 2022

    All new homes should be within 10 minutes’ walk from shops and schools if the UK is to reduce its carbon emissions, sustainable transport campaigners have argued.


  • Are we building back better or bleaker?

    27 June 2022

    We glimpsed a reimagined world during the pandemic, but there is a certain bleakness stemming from a moment missed, says Max Wide. He believes building back better is still possible, but needs conscious leadership.


  • Call for national 'civic service'

    17 June 2022

    London Councils’ chair has called for the introduction of a national ‘civic service’ so everyone in communities can play a part in their transformation.


  • A big deal for Cornwall

    14 June 2022

    Cornwall has ambitious plans to address the stark place disparities that have widened as a result of the pandemic, writes Kate Kennally.


  • Council ‘bitterly disappointed’ by oil drilling decision

    09 June 2022

    The Government has been criticised for granting permission for oil drilling to go ahead on a site in Surrey against the county council’s wishes.


  • Grasping the spirit of Chamberlain

    07 June 2022

    After 150 years, local government is still talking about former Birmingham mayor Joseph Chamberlain. As we approach the annual Chamberlain lecture, we asked some of the current council leaders, what will their legacy be?


  • Planning for the Future

    07 June 2022

    Paul O’Brien and Fiona Howie outline the key findings from a report that argues the UK will not meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets without tackling emissions from homes.


  • A new tool for sustainable living

    25 May 2022

    Buckinghamshire Council is proud to be the first council in the UK to use the official app guiding users towards living sustainably in support of the United Nations ACTNOW for climate change campaign. Gareth Williams explains.


  • Making the green decision pay off

    25 May 2022

    In the week of the ADEPT Spring Conference, new president Mark Kemp says - while some are saying we can’t afford net zero - we need to think more boldly and take more risks.


  • Due diligence matters

    25 May 2022

    Due diligence should not be viewed as a ‘tick box’ exercise, but as a crucial decision-making tool, says Brian Ng. He outlines six considerations he believes are fundamental for councils to consider before making investment or funding decisions.


  • Let’s work together on the most important agenda of our time

    25 May 2022

    Paul O'Brien says policy on permitted development rights 'continues to work against a co-ordinated approach at local level on reshaping place and making developers contribute to this process'.


  • MJ Housing: Creating homes that help the climate crisis

    18 May 2022

    If we are to tackle the climate crisis, we need to start with homes. Simon Hourihan explains some of the research being carried out to make developments more sustainable in the future


  • Post-pandemic planning for the core cities

    18 May 2022

    Chief executives and directors from the UK’s biggest cities debated their challenges and opportunities in a round table discussion organised by Core Cities UK and The MJ, supported by BT. Paul Marinko reports.


  • A new way to finance councils’ net zero

    11 May 2022

    There are clear advantages for councils in using community municipal investments as a financing approach to help deliver net zero targets, as John Connor explains.


  • How can councils address the rising cost of energy?

    03 May 2022

    Don McLean asks if building energy efficiency is the key to mitigating energy crisis impacts on local councils, and he looks at how to make savings using technology.


  • Thurrock branded 'irresponsible' over protest publicity

    03 May 2022

    A council has been accused of being ‘irresponsible and unjust’ after it published the full names and addresses of environmental protesters.


  • Getting the most out of carbon literacy training

    20 April 2022

    Hazel Graham and Cara Jenkinson explain how councils can deliver informative, inspiring and well targeted carbon literacy training on a limited budget


  • Energy strategy to bring about planning overhaul

    07 April 2022

    The Government is to reform planning regulations in the hope of boosting the nation’s energy supply.


  • Blazing the path to net zero

    15 March 2022

    Ben Simcock discusses how government-funded decarbonisation schemes are trailblazing change.


  • Councils need more ‘funding and powers’ to tackle climate change

    10 March 2022

    Progress needs to be accelerated in every local area if the UK’s climate and nature targets are to be met, campaigners have said.