Climate change

  • It is the right time to invest in all of our futures

    24 October 2021

    As we head towards COP26 Paul O’Brien says we should not settle for anything less than a key role for councils in the delivery of the plan for net zero, or the consequences could be catastrophic.


  • 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.


  • Call for new zero-carbon powers

    21 October 2021

    The leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Lib Dem group has called for councils to be given powers to compel developers to build zero-carbon homes.


  • 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.'


  • Counting the benefits of good partnership

    20 October 2021

    The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership was formally signed off this summer. It will build on South Holland DC’s own experience of partnership working, and build something even bigger, says Rob Barlow.


  • Call for ground-up approach to carbon reduction

    19 October 2021

    The Government must ‘match the ambition of communities’ on reducing carbon emissions, a think-tank has said.


  • Retrofitting risks ‘dangerous divide’

    18 October 2021

    Councils should have a role to play in avoiding widening regional inequalities when retrofitting housing, according to a new report today.


  • Action on climate crisis

    14 October 2021

    Watch The MJ and Local Partnerships pre COP26 webinar series designed for local authorities seeking to accelerate their action against the climate crisis through practical solutions.


  • Is there much rigour to the Spending Review?

    13 October 2021

    The District Councils’ Network’s clear requests include a year-on-year, real-terms increase in Government-funded spending power across the Spending Review, with the certainty and stability of a multi-year financial settlement, says Ian Miller.


  • Why we need to talk about floodplains

    12 October 2021

    Continuing to build new homes in floodplain areas without resilience measures is a planned catastrophe, writes Localis’ Grace Newcombe.


  • Joint Cabinet meeting 'first of its kind'

    07 October 2021

    A joint Cabinet meeting held between Wales’ council leaders and senior Welsh ministers is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.


  • Lifting up our high streets

    06 October 2021

    Engaging with and empowering communities are crucial to rejuvenating our high streets, and we must ensure citizens’ voices are heard and listened to, says Kathy Kyle Bonomini.


  • Filling the hydrogen information gap

    05 October 2021

    The Building a Hydrogen Society campaign is aimed at local authorities and offers best practice case studies to help inform their climate strategy decisions, says Clare Jackson.


  • Future Forum: Government decarbonisation 'barriers' to fall

    30 September 2021

    Next month’s COP26 climate change conference could be a watershed moment for the energy sector, an expert has told The MJ's Future Forum event.


  • Councils warned to expect climate protests

    28 September 2021

    Councils have been warned new climate activist group Insulate Britain intends to target other regions in the coming weeks after protests targetted the south-east, The MJ understands.


  • Leeds warns it may miss net-zero target

    27 September 2021

    Councillors have been told further funds and powers will be needed to achieve Leeds City Council’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.


  • Councils’ net-zero hopes dashed

    23 September 2021

    There are no plans for new powers, frameworks or funding overhauls in the Government’s net-zero strategy, ministers have admitted.


  • Hughes hints at multi-year funding settlement

    21 September 2021

    Junior minister Eddie Hughes has attempted to reassure councils that a multi-year funding settlement may be approaching.


  • The clock is tickling

    19 September 2021

    Local government is awaiting the outcome of some important announcements in the next couple of months, says Paul O'Brien. Will the Government trust councils to crack on?


  • Climate leadership demands delivery at scale and pace

    19 September 2021

    What are the practical steps that councils can take, now, to help reduce their carbon emissions and establish a firm track on the journey to net zero? Jo Wall offers her advice