Environment

  • Beyond Net Zero

    15 June 2022

    As we all bid to achieve net zero targets over the coming months and years, Andrew Spencer of EQUANS discusses how linking environmental and social approaches will provide unique opportunities to succeed.


  • Councils dive in to ocean recovery

    07 June 2022

    Eight councils from around the UK have already started to take action to recover the health of our oceans and the communities that depend on them – but it will take all councils to turn the tide, says Emily Cunningham.


  • A new tool for sustainable living

    25 May 2022

    Buckinghamshire Council is proud to be the first council in the UK to use the official app guiding users towards living sustainably in support of the United Nations ACTNOW for climate change campaign. Gareth Williams explains.


  • Making the green decision pay off

    25 May 2022

    In the week of the ADEPT Spring Conference, new president Mark Kemp says - while some are saying we can’t afford net zero - we need to think more boldly and take more risks.


  • Future Forum: Planning a biodiversity ‘shambles’

    12 May 2022

    The planning system has been branded a 'shambles’ regarding biodiversity.


  • 'Nutrient neutrality' rules delay up to 100,000 homes

    04 May 2022

    Up to 100,000 new homes are being delayed due to new regulations around 'nutrient neutrality', according to new research.


  • Blazing the path to net zero

    15 March 2022

    Ben Simcock discusses how government-funded decarbonisation schemes are trailblazing change.


  • Putting Brent’s residents at the heart of climate action

    02 March 2022

    Brent LBC introduced resident-led decision making on how to spend local money to cut carbon emissions. Shazia Hussain explains the thinking behind the trailblazing Participatory Budgeting approach.


  • Mitigating winter storms’ risks

    01 March 2022

    Winter storms are a stark reminder for local authorities of their legal duty for environmental management, says Andrew Clarke.


  • Change is coming and local authorities will need to adapt

    25 February 2022

    Councils must grapple with planning issues now so that as much development as possible is adapted to deal with the effects of climate change, say Ben Standing and James Fawcett.


  • Community power can unlock net zero

    16 February 2022

    In the week IPPR North launches a report on the transition to net zero, Jonathan Webb looks at the importance and benefits of working with communities rather than imposing policies on them.


  • Getting on top of the climate crisis in South Derbyshire

    16 February 2022

    South Derbyshire DC has embedded tackling climate change into the council’s culture and its efforts have been recognised by Climate Emergency UK, says Allison Thomas.


  • Social housing deserves decarbonisation primacy

    16 February 2022

    Tim Wood examines the importance of decarbonisation measures across housing.


  • Levelling up – one hub at a time

    09 February 2022

    The White Paper is unlikely to be as transformative as billed for the country as a whole, but joining up the opportunities it presents could be transformative for some local areas, says Graham Duxbury.


  • A fifth of UK councils yet to publish climate action plan, research finds

    27 January 2022

    A fifth of councils have not published a plan to tackle climate change despite many declaring a climate emergency, new research has uncovered.


  • Leading the way in the recycling revolution

    26 January 2022

    The local government sector has bold ambitions for linking the circular economy and net zero, says project director at Local Partnerships Kristy Spindler.


  • Net-zero boost in White Paper

    24 January 2022

    Next month’s levelling up White Paper will feature measures aimed at helping all areas deliver their net-zero targets, the Government has revealed.


  • The problems with the finance settlement

    17 December 2021

    Ian Miller examines the risks and uncertainties for districts in the provisional settlement, and lists the uncomfortable topics he says ‘cannot be avoided for much longer’.


  • Call for Westminster to 'take the lead' on deposit return scheme

    17 November 2021

    An environmental charity has called for Westminster to ‘take the lead’ after further delays to the introduction of the deposit return scheme (DRS) in Scotland.


  • Rising to the biodiversity challenge

    17 November 2021

    James Cross explains what biodiversity net gain, now mandated in the Government’s Environment Bill, means for local planning authorities.