Environment

  • EXCLUSIVE: Ministry to look at easing sector burdens

    24 March 2020

    Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) officials have said they will look at further easing the burdens on the sector amid the coronavirus crisis.


  • Firms say government needs to do more

    23 March 2020

    Key firms providing services to councils have welcomed measures to mitigate the damaging effects of the Covid-19 crisis but said more needs to be done. 


  • 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.


  • Serco strike action averted

    13 March 2020

    Strike action by refuse workers in Sandwell has been averted after Serco withdrew planned changes to collections.


  • We need to invest in social infrastructure to tackle health inequality

    12 March 2020

    Writing on Social Prescribing Day, Fay Holland says we need to invest in public health budgets and services if we are to strengthen the social infrastructure of communities.


  • Climate emergency: adaptation

    11 March 2020

    Councils must lead the development of localised climate change adaption and resilience, through both action and policy, says Jo Wall of Local Partnerships.


  • Recycling driving Biffa profits

    04 March 2020

    Waste contractor Biffa is expecting strong results this year thanks to its recycling operations.


  • 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.


  • Getting to Zero

    26 February 2020

    Programme director for Local Partnerships Rachel Toresen-Owuor says strong leadership is essential if a new climate-conscious focus for developing projects is going to permeate to the core of the local authority.


  • Some local lessons from the Far East

    25 February 2020

    Heather Jameson finds that while local government officers in Japan are grappling with similar challenges to those in the UK, there is one stark difference – Japanese authorities have the power to make their own laws and raise their own taxes.


  • Engie to lead zero-carbon pilot in Staffordshire

    19 February 2020

    A consortium is to test a system for lowering energy usage and carbon emissions on a town-wide scale in Rugeley.


  • There’s no quick fix to tackling climate change

    19 February 2020

    If local councils are to capitalise on the zeitgeist of the climate emergency then they need some serious money and new powers – and time is of the essence, argues Paul O’Brien.


  • Jenrick activates Bellwin after storm

    17 February 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has activated the Bellwin scheme, providing emergency financial assistance for councils affected by Storm Dennis.


  • Uncertainty puts East Lothian procurement on hold

    14 February 2020

    Uncertainty over the future of waste and recycling in Scotland has led to East Lothian Council pushing back procurement of a contract for bin collections.


  • Local government is a powerful force for change

    12 February 2020

    Last year, people across the UK called on the Government to take environmental action seriously. We witnessed a noticeable shift as local government responded – people and councils, coming together with a shared voice for change.


  • Feather dust-up

    12 February 2020

    One could be forgiven for thinking Worcester City Council has been watching too many Star Wars films.


  • White Van Man on... electric vehicles

    07 February 2020

    So by 2035 I’ve got to get rid of my motor and replace it with a doobrey that has the horsepower of a hairdryer and needs to be plugged into the mains for any journey that lasts longer than nipping down to the curry house for a ruby.


  • Council owned properties must be part of the climate emergency response

    27 January 2020

    Current energy efficiency delivery ‘at least for domestic properties, is at an all-time low’ says chief executive of Community Energy England Emma Bridge.


  • 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.


  • NLGN study highlights concerns over air quality

    22 January 2020

    Unitaries are much less likely than Metropolitan councils and London boroughs to consider taking action on air quality as ‘extremely or very important’, the latest quarterly NLGN leadership index survey has found.