Beyond Net Zero
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
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
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
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’
The planning system has been branded a 'shambles’ regarding biodiversity.
'Nutrient neutrality' rules delay up to 100,000 homes
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
Ben Simcock discusses how government-funded decarbonisation schemes are trailblazing change.
Putting Brent’s residents at the heart of climate action
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
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
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
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
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
Tim Wood examines the importance of decarbonisation measures across housing.
Levelling up – one hub at a time
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
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
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
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
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
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
James Cross explains what biodiversity net gain, now mandated in the Government’s Environment Bill, means for local planning authorities.