climate emergency

  • The climate crisis is not a political choice

    11 June 2024

    Neil McInroy offers his international perspective on the climate crisis, and he fears ‘the UK and many local council areas are under far more threat with more economic consequences than politicians seem to realise or acknowledge’.


  • Leading the charge for net zero

    11 June 2024

    With the right support from the incoming government and by learning from successful initiatives like London’s Green Economy Action Plan, councils can lead in delivering net zero, says Niall Bolger.


  • Mission: Possible

    05 June 2024

    Work is underway to develop a practical solution, in collaboration with local authorities, for delivering big changes in how local government services work. Theo Blackwell and Andrew Greenway explain.


  • Climate action: Give us the tools so we can get the job done

    03 June 2024

    Cllr Dr Pete Sudbury says councils are the best bodies for delivering local climate action. He calls on the next government to empower them to get on with the task.


  • How we made our most-polluting building greener

    29 May 2024

    Cllr Rowena Champion explains how Islington LBC put partnership and social value at the heart of the switch to electricity at its waste and recycling centre.


  • New approach to Council Climate Action Scorecards is launched

    29 May 2024

    Annie Pickering explains what’s changed in the updated Council Climate Action Scorecards methodology.


  • ‘Fix the broken system’

    15 May 2024

    Local authorities are taking the lead in trying to alleviate the climate crisis but there is a definite disconnect between the actions of Westminster and those on a local level, as Eleanor Radcliffe and Sarah Longlands explain.


  • Restoring resilience

    15 May 2024

    Councils need to own the leadership of the response to extreme weather events and should argue the case for their role to be recognised and properly resourced, says Dame Meg Hillier.


  • A proactive approach to climate change

    14 May 2024

    Andrew Spencer discusses how Equans is creating sustainable communities through effective place-based decarbonisation.


  • Regeneration must get on its bike

    07 May 2024

    Jonathan Werran sets out what is needed during the next political cycle if regeneration is to be successful, including a return to regional spatial planning.


  • Council buildings: Deploying the right energy model is crucial

    30 April 2024

    Chris Anton asks if councils are paying the price for passing on post-occupancy building evaluation.


  • What will the next steps be for the mayoral model?

    22 April 2024

    While the offers to communities from mayors are maturing, there remain big questions to be answered by whichever party forms the next Government, says Zoë Billingham.


  • Gaining skills: Overcoming the barriers in Great Yarmouth

    22 April 2024

    Great Yarmouth's skills and employability strategy will provide a positive, collaborative framework for the council and its partners and It will leave residents well placed for careers that improve their lives and those of their families, says Sheila Oxtoby.


  • A call for transparency and accountability

    22 April 2024

    Local government must confront pressing 'elephant in the room' issues head-on if it is to foster transparency, accountability and effective governance, says chief executive of Local Partnerships Adele Gritten.


  • Net zero: Something more radical is needed

    03 April 2024

    We need to harness national, regional and local public sector leadership that engages with citizens in neighbourhoods on what moving to net zero will mean for communities, says Jon Rowney.


  • Ready for a bright new dawn?

    26 March 2024

    Rachel Reeves’ Mais lecture represented a clear shift away from New Labour towards an active state, a muscular industrial strategy and ambitious regional policy, say Mike Emmerich and Ben Lucas.


  • Future Forum: Poor energy planning 'causing barriers to green growth'

    21 March 2024

    A lack of co-ordination in how the energy system is planned is causing barriers ‘not only to decarbonisation and retrofit, but to green economic growth’, The MJ Future Forum has heard.


  • Can the Liverpool city region seize its golden moment?

    20 March 2024

    A Manifesto for Liverpool City Region addresses the economic, social, environmental and political challenges facing the next UK Government, say Dr Tom Arnold and Dr James Hickson.


  • Local government can drive an inclusive transition to net zero 

    13 March 2024

    Emily Morrison calls for a place-based approach to net zero transition, saying national policy is failing to support the UK’s poorest households towards a carbon-neutral future. 


  • An appetite for change in Durham

    27 February 2024

    Kelly Rose says tackling health inequalities is the key focus of Durham County Council’s work to improve access to healthier food, alongside promoting low carbon diets.