Climate change

  • Local solutions are key to global action

    16 September 2020

    ENGIE is seeking out and supporting council clients – particularly those who have a clear climate change commitment, assertive leadership and adequate resources to deliver their climate emergency action plans, says Colin Macpherson.


  • Community hubs: spaces to grow, gather and recover

    10 September 2020

     With the proper resources, community hubs that include green space can play a key role in rebuilding social connections and reversing the isolation many people have experienced during lockdown, says Fay Holland of Groundwork.


  • Making the most of remote working

    30 August 2020

    Solace's Karishma Vakta-Smith looks at the impact of remote working, and what it means for the future of recruitment.


  • Moving forward in a time of unprecedented demand

    19 August 2020

    Lawrence Conway says confidence building, hope and support, and visionary and purposeful local leadership are needed ‘as we move forward to build a better world now and for future generations’.


  • Preparing for the storms ahead

    17 August 2020

    As communities face a triple threat this winter of COVID-19, councils’ precarious finances and potential flooding, Sharon Kemp urges the Government to empower councils to be responsive to the problems ahead.


  • Has the pandemic depreciated climate change?

    10 August 2020

    As we head for the second wave of the pandemic, Dr Andrew Larner says we must not take our eye of the ball on climate change


  • Using collective intelligence to address climate change

    16 July 2020

    In the last in an essay series, Peter Baeck and Sophie Reynolds of Nesta consider how to use the wisdom of citizens to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change in cities.


  • Real imagination needed for a green reset

    14 July 2020

    More ambitious progress on place-based approaches to reducing carbon emissions will need ‘a great deal of political will and resources’, according to a Penna/The MJ virtual seminar. Heather Jameson reports.


  • Tackling climate change: Mission Impossible or a new hope?

    10 July 2020

    The scale of the task may be enormous, but the pandemic can be the driver for radical change in business delivery - with climate friendly solutions at the forefront of our thinking, says Karen Whelan.


  • Making ‘green’ core to every policy and activity

    08 July 2020

    Davy Jones and John Tizard present a plan for nurturing greener accessible places in ways that are equitable, tackle inequality, secure decent jobs and address sustainability.


  • ‘Give places the funding to rebuild’

    07 July 2020

    Nigel Riglar says we need to aim for more than a simple recovery, as our problems are too pressing, and councils must respond collectively to make the case for greater funding.


  • Lib Dems - 'We need a devolution revolution to drive the green revolution'

    07 July 2020

    Fixing social care, tackling climate change, addressing deep-seated inequalities and rebuilding the economy are the ‘enormous challenges’ ahead, says acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.


  • Sunak set to unveil green investment plans

    07 July 2020

    Plans to rebuild the economy with green investment are set to be launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his summer statement tomorrow.


  • Ministers urged to create a 'green bank'

    03 July 2020

    Ministers have been urged to create a Green Bank to fund climate change investment as part of the Government’s multi-billion pound infrastructure investment programme announced earlier this week.


  • The future must be climate resilient

    01 July 2020

    Simon Brammer and Simeran Bachra present some insights from a recent webinar with councils discussing how the pandemic is impacting action on climate change.


  • New rural network could be the hero for net zero

    25 June 2020

    Cllr Steve Count explains why 21 councils have joined forces with UK100 to create  - and this week to launch  - the Countryside Climate Network.


  • 'Councils crucial to meeting carbon target'

    24 June 2020

    The UK’s target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 can only be reached with the contribution of councils, according to a new coalition. 


  • Putting local communities at the heart of the green jobs revolution

    11 June 2020

    Councils are driving the climate change agenda locally, says Cllr Sir Richard Leese. They can be the catalyst for a new green jobs bonanza to help recovery, he adds.


  • So you’ve declared a climate emergency: what next?

    13 May 2020

    Paul O’Brien and Dr Peter Kenway warn that, while the eyes of the world have focused on COVID-19, an even bigger catastrophe is unfolding which needs action from elected leaders at every level.


  • Daring to be bold on net zero

    13 May 2020

    How can local government adapt its path to net zero as society emerges from COVID-19, asks Robert Spencer.