Climate change

  • Creating net-zero public engagement

    13 January 2022

    Local Climate Engagement is a project to support local authorities or partnerships to plan, commission and deliver high quality public engagement in how best to reduce carbon emissions. Sarah Allan explains.


  • Protecting parks for all

    13 January 2022

    A host of council agendas, including climate change mitigation, depend on future-proofing local green spaces and Fields in Trust’s ParkXtinction campaign is aimed at doing more to protect them, says Helen Griffiths.


  • Fixing the UK’s local energy supply problem

    20 December 2021

    Liberal Democrat Climate Change spokesperson Wera Hobhouse explains how Community Energy can benefit local authorities and communities.


  • A surprising new role for local government

    13 December 2021

    The food supply system is much more complex than it was a few decades ago, write Kate Cooper and Benjamin Taylor. They consider the data that could help local government plan for shortages and scarcities.


  • Shifting cities to net zero

    08 December 2021

    How do we build on the progress made in the great Core City of Glasgow to deliver a just and workable net-zero transition for our citizens? Cllr Nick Forbes says cities are part of the solution.


  • Creating true value

    07 December 2021

    Local government must mark a decade of social value with purpose driven procurement, writes chief executive of Localis Jonathan Werran.


  • It's time for a U-turn on rail investment

    22 November 2021

    The Government must commit to delivering the Northern Powerhouse Rail in full, the eastern leg of HS2 to Leeds and vital local transport improvements, or face the anger of a betrayed North, says Dr Arianna Giovannini.


  • Lambeth is already stepping up on climate action

    22 November 2021

    Lambeth will release its borough-wide Climate Action Plan next month. It is vital that our Government recognises that local councils must be at the centre of the campaign against the climate crisis, says council leader Cllr Claire Holland.


  • Gove warned of climate change floods risk

    22 November 2021

    Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.


  • Why not put schools at the heart of place-wide net-zero Carbon transition?

    18 November 2021

    EQUANS is working with schools, councils, and Multi-Academy Trusts to benchmark their current energy and carbon consumption and provide detailed ‘Roadmap Reports’ that demonstrate how they can decarbonise and save energy.


  • Rising to the biodiversity challenge

    17 November 2021

    James Cross explains what biodiversity net gain, now mandated in the Government’s Environment Bill, means for local planning authorities.


  • Will funding land next month to help levelling up?

    17 November 2021

    Councils will await with interest December’s annual financial settlement to see where funding lands at the local level, says Paul O'Brien. Will this signify the beginning of significant attempts at levelling up, he asks.


  • Councils need the tools to tackle climate change

    17 November 2021

    If the Government didn’t quite achieve its aims during COP26, it can still lead by example, harness the profile of the summit and work with councils to tackle climate change on our own doorstep, argues Heather Jameson


  • Councils criticise climate change deal

    15 November 2021

    The local government sector has stressed the need for local action following a disappointing close to the COP26 conference.


  • Five ways to improve energy efficiency in municipal buildings

    12 November 2021

    Noreen Winhall explains how local government can take positive steps towards carbon net zero.


  • Global push to recognise councils’ role in climate change

    11 November 2021

    UK councils have joined international calls for the role of local government in tackling climate change to be recognised.


  • Councils urged to hold their nerve on climate change

    11 November 2021

    Senior Local Government Association members told the COP26 climate change conference local authorities must be prepared to take potentially unpopular decisions.


  • Making the right connections

    09 November 2021

    COP26 has raised awareness of the actions climate change requires. Dr Jonathan Carr-West argues that councils are ideally placed to act as a connection between individuals and the state to make transitions accessible to communities.


  • Taking the lead locally on the climate emergency

    09 November 2021

    A project launched last year provides a significant piece of Craven DC's zero carbon by 2030 jigsaw, says Paul Shevlin, and the most impactful thing the council could do was to take steps to cut the carbon footprint of its seven key premises.


  • Squaring housing targets with net-zero

    09 November 2021

    Jess Haines says using modern methods of construction is a way of building environmentally friendly homes that particularly appeals in a borough like Kingston.