climate emergency

  • Net zero: Something more radical is needed

    03 April 2024

    We need to harness national, regional and local public sector leadership that engages with citizens in neighbourhoods on what moving to net zero will mean for communities, says Jon Rowney.


  • Ready for a bright new dawn?

    26 March 2024

    Rachel Reeves’ Mais lecture represented a clear shift away from New Labour towards an active state, a muscular industrial strategy and ambitious regional policy, say Mike Emmerich and Ben Lucas.


  • Future Forum: Poor energy planning 'causing barriers to green growth'

    21 March 2024

    A lack of co-ordination in how the energy system is planned is causing barriers ‘not only to decarbonisation and retrofit, but to green economic growth’, The MJ Future Forum has heard.


  • Can the Liverpool city region seize its golden moment?

    20 March 2024

    A Manifesto for Liverpool City Region addresses the economic, social, environmental and political challenges facing the next UK Government, say Dr Tom Arnold and Dr James Hickson.


  • Local government can drive an inclusive transition to net zero 

    13 March 2024

    Emily Morrison calls for a place-based approach to net zero transition, saying national policy is failing to support the UK’s poorest households towards a carbon-neutral future. 


  • An appetite for change in Durham

    27 February 2024

    Kelly Rose says tackling health inequalities is the key focus of Durham County Council’s work to improve access to healthier food, alongside promoting low carbon diets.


  • From 0 to hero on net zero

    20 February 2024

    Barnet’s latest Climate Scorecard rating shows what can be achieved in 18 months, including the creation of a citizens’ and young people’s assembly, writes Yogita Popat.


  • Going faster for a green future

    20 February 2024

    Chris Clarke says that for sustainable procurement it’s crucial not to let a pursuit of the perfect become the enemy of progress – and he looks at the action councils can take.


  • 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.


  • Is EV charging the new rural amenity?

    13 February 2024

     EV charging is part of the solution to sustain thriving, dynamic rural communities, according to Zest.


  • Decarbonising energy networks on the road to net zero

    23 January 2024

    Finding an effective route through the complexities of achieving net zero carbon by 2050 is not always easy, which is why many public sector organisations are seeking external help to optimise the journey. David Mills at EA Technology explores the options


  • Hope amid the gloom

    22 January 2024

    The coming year may look bleak but outgoing chief executive of the Centre for Progressive Policy Charlotte Alldritt says the inclusive growth agenda leaves her with lots of hope.


  • Oxfordshire’s green future: Failure is not an option

    22 January 2024

    Cllr Pete Sudbury looks at the key messages that came out of Oxfordshire CC’s recent 100 Together green finance conference.


  •  The lack of a national strategy for cities is a national failing

    19 January 2024

    After the General Election, regardless of who wins it, Core Cities will unite with partners to call for a national plan for cities, says Marvin Rees OBE.


  • Striding towards a green future

    10 January 2024

    South Derbyshire DC has declared climate and ecological emergencies, and the new Council Plan and Local Plan are placing climate and environmental action as highest priority, says Justin Ives.


  • Driving the green agenda

    10 January 2024

    Maud Hollis discusses the crucial role of talent and leadership in local government’s journey to net zero.


  • Heat Networks: A key asset in the race to net zero

    19 December 2023

    Channa Karunaratne reflects on the decarbonisation opportunities presented by heat networks and how local authorities can get to grips with the challenges of implementing them.


  • How can council leaders address the retrofit skills conundrum?

    14 December 2023

    David Pierpoint explores how councils and social housing leaders can work to address their practical retrofit skills gap as they address their decarbonisation targets. 


  • Districts ‘think global, act local’

    11 December 2023

    Stroud's action plan for carbon neutrality includes continuing to put its own house in order but is also about working in partnership with others and supporting its passionate communities, says Kathy O’Leary.


  • A collaborative approach reaps rewards

    04 December 2023

    Robin Heap outlines how the new BCP Council’s Bike Share cycle scheme has benefited the city region in a short space of time – and in the process became a big winner at this year’s The MJ Awards.