• Building for the future

    26 October 2020

    Ben Houchen says that with the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar now the UK’s largest industrial zone, something monumental is now underway – ‘and we can continue to help recover the wider Tees Valley’.

  • 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.

  • How linking energy with data can unlock community benefits

    11 September 2020

    Moving to a low carbon world, the required level of data granularity and quality will be critical. But with that will come considerable benefits for councils and the communities they serve, says Stephen Stead.

  • How to drive a green recovery

    08 September 2020

    Ahmed Goga  explains the levers that local and central government policymakers can deploy to drive a green recovery through local enterprise.

  • Council-owned energy company to close

    04 September 2020

    Robin Hood Energy is to be closed by Nottingham City Council after five years.

  • Housing MJ: Time to retrofit our approach to net zero carbon

    30 August 2020

    If the UK can take the lead on moving beyond carbon by significant retrofit of its existing housing stock, then other large economies will follow suit to help save our planet, says Andy Merrin of Engie.

  • Nottingham agrees governance overhaul

    28 August 2020

    The council will implement a raft of measures in a bid to improve oversight of its companies after its energy firm incurred a £24m loss.

  • Warrington launches green energy bond

    25 August 2020

    The council aims to raise £1m to fund a green energy project.

  • Council writes off £24m debt

    05 August 2020

    Nottingham City Council has written-off £24m of debt owed by its energy company, newly-released figures have shown.

  • Sunak outlines £3bn green investment package

    08 July 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £1bn will be made available to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings, including schools and hospitals.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Council to sell Bristol Energy

    03 June 2020

    Bristol City Council has given the go-ahead to put its loss-making energy company up for sale.

  • District heating can help deliver on social housing energy efficiency pledges

    12 May 2020

    Dr Tanja Groth discusses why district heating should form a key part of the Government’s post-coronavirus green agenda.

  • The pathway to net-zero

    02 April 2020

    A Re:fit Energy Performance Contract provides the opportunity for local and combined authorities to kick off their pathway to net-zero by implementing and accelerating energy efficiency measures, says Local Partnerships director Rachel Toresen-Owuor.

  • The pathway to net-zero

    25 March 2020

    Rachel Toresen-Owuor of Local Partnerships says when developing climate response action plans, a programme of works delivered through a Re:fit Energy Performance Contract offers a tangible first step with rapid impacts.

  • Salford is the greenest council in 2020 Thriving Places Index

    18 March 2020

    Salford City Council has emerged as the greenest in an index of quality of life in 363 local authorities in England and Wales.

  • Climate emergency: the role of renewables

    04 March 2020

    Many councils are developing or buying solar farms of their own. If successful this can cut carbon and emissions, and produce a good income through sound and ethical commercial ventures, says Jo Wall.

  • Nottingham in bid to 'stabilise' energy company

    24 January 2020

    A new management team has been installed at Robin Hood Energy and governance of council-controlled companies is being overhauled after the company was threatened with having its licence revoked.

  • Scottish councils sign £700m contract to ‘transform waste’

    16 January 2020

    Five Scottish councils have signed a contract that will divert up to 190,000 tonnes of black bag waste from landfill.