Climate change

  • Meet the new breed of sustainable bonds

    08 April 2021

    UK local authorities are well placed to access the capital markets through Envrionmental, Social and Governance bonds, and the range of projects they can fund is vast, says Christian Wall.


  • The potential of new social value measures is huge

    06 April 2021

    The impact of the UK Government’s new social value measures should not be underestimated, as they prioritise what’s important, according to David Dinsdale.


  • LEPs: delivering on jobs and diversity

    30 March 2021

    Local enterprise partnerships have worked across boundaries and borders to help create or preserve almost 18,000 jobs, and as Stacey King explains, they have also made great strides on diversity.


  • A task as difficult as good community engagement needs a plan

    29 March 2021

    When it comes to climate action some communities are labelled ‘hard to reach’ – but when they speak, do we listen, asks Chris Church.


  • Planning for climate power

    23 March 2021

    A new report from APSE Energy looks at the practical ways in which the power of planning can be harnessed to embed climate change ambitions, say Phil Brennan and Paul O’Brien.


  • At the right level

    17 March 2021

    As the heart of the UK's knowledge and biotech economies, Oxford urgently needs urban leadership powers to deliver regional growth crucial to national renewal and recovery, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Changing the climate from within

    09 March 2021

    Kate Wilson looks at the challenge of finding talent in an increasingly competitive and talent-short market, while continuing to progress the overall goal of zero carbon emissions.


  • Councils face ‘wide range of barriers’ to tackle climate change

    05 March 2021

    The Government must engage with councils and provide resources to achieve net-zero targets, MPs have said.


  • Shifting the story in Sheffield

    02 March 2021

    Sheffield City Council’s new chief executive Kate Josephs talks to Heather Jameson about her new role guiding ‘an incredible city’ through the big challenges ahead – and making it more ‘confident, and outward looking and optimistic’.


  • Our chance is now on climate change

    24 February 2021

    The penalty for not using our new pandemic mindset doesn’t bear thinking about, says Gill Kneller. 'With climate change, there won’t be another chance. Our chance is now', she adds.


  • Warwick to overhaul climate change plans

    22 February 2021

    Warwick DC is to redraw its plans to tackle climate change after abandoning a green tax referendum.


  • Put climate change at the heart of building back, say MPs

    17 February 2021

    Climate change needs to be at the heart of the government’s plans to build back the economy after COVID-19, MPs have declared.


  • Pulling together at the top

    17 February 2021

    Calderdale Council won the senior leadership team of the year in The MJ Achievement Awards 2020. Chief executive Robin Tuddenham tells Heather Jameson his top team ‘are fundamentally incredibly skilled and knowledgeable but, secondly, connect to each other’


  • Flood recovery funding calls rejected

    02 February 2021

    The Government has ruled out releasing national funds for flood recovery in the wake of Storm Christoph.


  • Levelling up means devolving down

    01 February 2021

    To ‘build back better’ we need to use recovery to invest in approaches that foster stronger place-based partnerships, says Graham Duxbury.


  • Westminster must not sidestep local capacity and expertise on net zero

    19 January 2021

    Local government has already shown its commitment to net zero, so it is crucial that Government invests in this collective effort across the UK, says Sarah Longlands.


  • A blueprint for locally-led green recovery

    11 January 2021

    A coalition including councils, Ashden, ADEPT and others is arguing for five priorities for action to ensure the UK meets its 2050 net zero emissions target, says Cara Jenkinson.


  • 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.


  • Driving community wealth and green jobs in Lewes

    15 December 2020

    Isaac Stanley looks at how Lewes DC is using the potential of community wealth building to increase opportunities for ‘green’ jobs, and to tackle both economic injustice and the threat posed by climate change.


  • 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.