Environment

  • A ‘bottom up’ response to Brexit

    25 January 2021

    Paul Frainer thinks we are at a crossroads economically, socially and environmentally, ‘and Brexit is just one part of that complex system’.


  • Council move to regain control of environmental services

    21 January 2021

    Senior Norwich City Council members have taken another step towards bringing environmental services back under local authority control from April.


  • Rewards of doughnut decision-making

    15 December 2020

    Cornwall Council is using the ‘doughnut economics’ model to help the county navigate the uncertainties and complexities of the climate crisis, including the risks of accelerating inequality. Cllr Edwina Hannaford explains.


  • Local leaders to race ahead on cutting carbon

    14 December 2020

    Local leaders representing around a third of England and Scotland’s population have vowed to go ‘further and faster’ than government to reduce carbon emissions.


  • Guiding freeport proposals in the Thames Estuary

    07 December 2020

    Kate Willard and Perry Glading outline the Thames Estuary Growth Board’s guiding principles for freeport proposals, based on six key areas.


  • Whitehall failing to harness councils’ enthusiasm on climate action

    04 December 2020

    The Government will fail to meet its 2050 net zero carbon target without working in partnership with local authorities, a new report has warned.


  • Top tip for Chrimbos

    02 December 2020

    After a long and trying year our thoughts are now turning to brighter things as the excitement of the Christmas season approaches.


  • Flood funding for councils may not be enough, watchdog finds

    27 November 2020

    The Government is unable to prove councils have enough funding for flood defences, a spending watchdog has discovered.


  • How Irish innovation is helping the green recovery

    25 November 2020

    Smart traffic solutions are helping councils meet a range of sustainability objectives, says Enterprise Ireland's UK Local Authority Lead Laura Brocklebank.


  • Being ready for change is critical

    24 November 2020

    Local government reorganisation is on the near horizon, says Lawrence Conway. He believes South Lakeland DC 'will be well placed to provide a flexible way of working whatever the outcome of this latest round of deliberations'.


  • Another false dawn?

    24 November 2020

    Next month’s energy White Paper and a longer-term comprehensive spending review than currently proposed will really tell us whether the PM's 'Green Industrial Revolution' lives up to its billing or is another false dawn, says Paul O'Brien.


  • We need a detailed green recovery map

    24 November 2020

    Nigel Riglar says while the Government’s emphasis on green recovery provides a way to tackle many of the most pressing issues facing us, a coherent policy framework and sufficient investment are key.


  • Green energy deal 'could be blueprint' for other councils

    18 November 2020

    A £40m green energy deal could provide a blueprint for local authorities seeking to reduce carbon emissions and cut costs, according to the City of London Corporation.


  • A blueprint for change

    17 November 2020

    The time to act on climate change is now, says Mathew Jellings, and it could start with a debate on the UN sustainable development goals


  • Housing algorithm U-turn reports

    16 November 2020

    The proposed targets came under heavy criticism from Tory backbenchers.


  • HOUSING: The power of perseverance and partnerships in placemaking

    11 November 2020

    Jake Fellows says a partnership approach such as the one between ENGIE UK and Rotherham MBC can often prove to be key when faced with the task of unlocking and transforming a complex site.


  • The future of green investment starts now

    11 November 2020

    David Bentley takes a look at the Government’s green finance strategy and throws the spotlight on examples of local authorities engaging in ‘green growth’, while highlighting issues to consider moving forward.


  • Stay focused on the longer-term climate ambitions

    28 October 2020

    Remaining focused on the longer-term climate ambitions can be challenging, says John O'Brien - 'but they are ambitions that will often be part of our broader, near term recovery efforts as well'.


  • Building for the future

    26 October 2020

    Ben Houchen says that with the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar now the UK’s largest industrial zone, something monumental is now underway – ‘and we can continue to help recover the wider Tees Valley’.


  • Digging deep for change

    07 October 2020

    The pandemic has not resulted in the big changes required to protect health and drive widespread transformation, says Neil McInroy.