Air quality

  • 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.


  • Joining the dots

    24 October 2021

    Ahead of COP26, the Government has published its route map for reaching net-zero emissions, but is it ambitious enough and what does it mean for local government? Ann McGauran reports.


  • Is it easy being green?

    20 October 2021

    Huw Russell of Local Partnerships says: 'It might not all be easy, but we stand ready to support the public sector implement the changes required by the Environment Bill.'


  • Street Hub 2.0 provides an opportunity to drive recovery

    04 October 2021

    James Browne looks at how digital infrastructure can support local authorities to enhance services for local communities.


  • Sharing the tech journey

    17 August 2021

    Councils across south London are collaborating through the Internet of Things project to test ways technology can bring practical benefits to residents and to businesses. Cllr Sunita Gordon and Cllr Stephanie Archer explain.


  • Capital's councils in call for tough new powers

    09 July 2021

    Local authorities need tough new powers to combat non-traffic sources of air pollution, the capital’s councils have urged.


  • Protecting our borough’s future

    23 June 2021

    Planning guidance may sound technical and uninspiring, but using it to protect the environment and historic buildings is anything but, says Cllr Johnny Thalassites.


  • Government to impose new air pollution targets

    18 June 2021

    The Government will increase funding to local authorities and impose new legal targets on air pollution in a bid to prevent further deaths.


  • Time to get serious about air quality

    17 June 2021

    When it comes to air quality it is local authorities’ duty to go above and beyond simple compliance, says Mark Nichols.


  • 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'.


  • NLGN study highlights concerns over air quality

    22 January 2020

    Unitaries are much less likely than Metropolitan councils and London boroughs to consider taking action on air quality as ‘extremely or very important’, the latest quarterly NLGN leadership index survey has found.


  • How to make a citizens’ assembly work for you

    21 January 2020

    Want to commission a citizens’ assembly? Here, three councils say ‘go for it’. But there’s a lot to think about – and above all, you need the right issue say Sarah Owens, Isobel Wade and James Moody.


  • Delivering cleaner air in Wigan

    19 November 2019

    Wigan MBC has appointed its first air quality officer. Matthew O’Neill says his appointment is the latest in a long list of efforts made by the council as it aspires to be carbon neutral by 2038 or sooner.


  • Wiltshire leads the way in the climate challenge

    29 October 2019

    Friends of the Earth put Wiltshire at the top of the list of most climate-friendly areas in England. Alistair Cunningham outlines how the council will set about achieving its aim for council and county to be carbon neutral by 2030.


  • It’s time to clean up our act

    25 October 2019

    With more than 230 local climate emergencies declared nationwide, it’s time for our local and combined authorities to take action for decarbonisation and sustainable clean growth, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • The positive domino effects of emissions-based parking schemes

    25 October 2019

    Peter O’Driscoll argues that emissions-based parking delivers cleaner and healthier cities.


  • We can change behaviours, hearts and minds on the climate emergency

    23 October 2019

    There are great examples of the good work on climate friendliness by County Councils' Network member authorities, says Cllr Sam Corcoran - but there will be a limit to what can be done unless local government is properly funded.


  • Queen's speech: Councils promised new powers to tackle pollution

    14 October 2019

    The Queen’s Speech promised an Environment Bill which will establish a ‘world-leading’ independent regulator, the Office for Environmental Protection, and hand some new powers to councils.


  • Pledging to make air pollution a national priority

    09 October 2019

    Ahead of next month's London Councils Summit, Cllr Julian Bell explains how the capital's local government is leading the way by raising awareness of air pollution, and tackling it with innovative projects.


  • Spend 2.5% of UK’s GDP on tackling climate change and air quality, say London’s environment and public health directors

    18 September 2019

    This Sunday, 22 September, is car free day. Stephen Evans and Dr Tamara Djuretic highlight London’s focus on policy solutions such as restricted and emissions-based parking, low emissions zones and better walking and cycling infrastructure.