Climate change

Councils call for new taskforce to tackle climate change

25/09/2019

Council leaders have proposed setting up a national taskforce with Whitehall departments to tackle climate change.

New online tool to help councils calculate carbon footprint launched

23/09/2019

Climate scientists have developed an online tool that can help local authorities calculate their carbon budget and cut down on emissions.

Whitehall announces £400m for rapid charging points

10/09/2019

The Government has launched a £400m fund to help develop rapid charging infrastructure points for electric vehicles.

APSE to launch Local Government Commission

10/09/2019

A new commission to develop a practical vision for local government in 2030 will be launched by APSE later this month.

Council to pilot electric bin lorries powered by waste

04/09/2019

Electric bin lorries that are powered by the waste they have collected will be trialled by Sheffield City Council.

Lawyers warn 100 local authorities over climate change plans

02/09/2019

Environmental lawyers have threatened legal action against 100 local authorities across England unless they introduce new climate change plans.

Council hits carbon reduction target early

28/08/2019

Herefordshire Council has hit its 2020 carbon reduction target early, an outcome the authority says shows their ‘commitment to tackling the climate emergency’.

Whitehall carbon emission target ‘undeliverable’, MPs warn

22/08/2019

MPs have warned the Government that there are no policies in place to deliver the net-zero carbons emissions target by 2050.

Declaring a climate change emergency

09/08/2019

Local authorities can play a key role in tackling climate change – and there is plenty for them to do. Never before has thinking globally and acting locally been more important, says Mark Whitehead.

Over half of councils declare ‘climate emergency’

31/07/2019

More than half of UK councils have committed to reducing carbon emissions by declaring a 'climate emergency'.

Liverpool submits £230m ‘Green City Deal’

30/07/2019

The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a proposal to the new prime minister for a £230m Green City Deal to tackle climate change and boost the economy.

Local government's relationship with Extinction Rebellion

23/07/2019

Several cities throughout the UK have been hit by protests involving climate change protestors. Mark Whitehead assesses how councils are dealing with it.

New toolkit launched to help councils go green

20/06/2019

A new toolkit designed to help local authorities reduce their carbon footprint and ‘trigger the wider benefits of bold climate action’ has been launched.

Keeping road networks running

10/04/2019

Manish Jethwa explains how councils can use IoT technology to mitigate the impact of climate change on highways.

Councils declare a ‘climate emergency’

26/02/2019

A climate emergency declaration has been made by 27 councils across the country following a campaign by the Green Party.

Leeds aims for zero carbon energy economy

17/12/2018

Leeds City Region could become one of the world’s first zero carbon energy economies thanks to a new energy strategy.

Council pension funds at financial risk from climate change, report warns

09/11/2018

Local Government Pension Funds (LGPFs) are failing to protect themselves from the financial risk posed by climate change, a new report has warned today.

Councils must ‘act now’ to tackle carbon emissions

09/10/2018

Councils must ensure all plans have carbon-reduction targets, charity says after report warns global warming will lead to ‘unprecedented changes' in society.

Councils begin judicial review against Heathrow expansion

07/08/2018

Five London councils, Greenpeace and the mayor of London have started judicial review proceedings against the expansion of Heathrow airport.

Guide launched to help councils cope with climate change through planning

16/05/2018

Planning experts have joined forces to offer councils practical advice on how to cope with climate change.

London council approves £150m low-carbon pension investment

26/01/2018

Southwark Council has agreed to move £150m of its pension fund into a low-carbon investment.

Council pension funds benefit from climate change investment policy framework

13/11/2017

The first climate change investment policy framework has been launched for local government pension funds.

Councils investing £16bn of pensions into fossil fuels

09/11/2017

More than £16bn of council pension funds have been invested into fossil fuel companies, new research has revealed.

Council launches ‘pioneering’ climate commission

07/09/2017

Leeds is launching today a ‘pioneering’ new Climate Commission to encourage investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient developments.

Local authority pension funds ‘ratcheting up’ climate change engagement

06/06/2017

Local authority pension funds are going to ‘ratchet up’ their efforts to encourage companies to be more aware of climate change and how it will impact the value of their stocks.

Creating resilient cities

20/12/2016

Giles K Bailey and Stefano Mainero explore the challenges for UK cities in considering resiliency planning.

Campaigners call for increased protection for Green Belt

12/12/2016

Campaigners have called on the government to prioritise investment in the Green Belt in the forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment.

Scottish pension fund rated a world leader in tackling global warming

11/05/2016

A council pension fund in Scotland has been rated one of the best in the world for addressing climate change.

Public sector failing to prepare for climate change

11/02/2016

The UK is 'largely unprepared' for the effects of climate change, according to the Carbon Trust.

Heathrow third runway recommended, yet council fears remain over noise

01/07/2015

Recommendations that a third runway be built at Heathrow on the condition of stricter noise and environmental demands have failed to assuage concerns in local government.

Lancashire rejects fracking application

29/06/2015

Lancashire County Council has rejected a planning application to frack at Preston New Road, in an unexpected move following months of deliberation.

Legal warning over fracking issued to Lancashire councillors

26/06/2015

Lancashire councillors have been warned the town hall risks being fined if it blocks local fracking as the move could be considered ‘unreasonable’.

Landmark Lancashire fracking decision postponed

25/06/2015

Councillors in Lancashire have postponed a decision on giving the go ahead to a controversial plan for fracking.

Hundreds of planned wind farms likely to be scrapped, admits government

23/06/2015

Around 250 planned wind farms are now unlikely to be built because of the early termination of subsidies, the Government has said.

Protest grows as Lancashire ponders key fracking decision

23/06/2015

Protesters have been gathering in Preston ahead of a decision by Lancashire County Council on controversial plans for fracking.

Council stalls again on key fracking decision

24/04/2015

A landmark council decision on whether to allow fracking in Lancashire has been delayed until after the General Election.

England's climate disadvantage 'hot spots' mapped for first time

04/02/2015

An online map charting the effect of climate change and social disadvantage in England has been launched to support local decision makers.

MPs call for halt on UK fracking

26/01/2015

An influential committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on fracking because it could hamper climate change efforts and pose significant health risks.

£97m weather supercomputer will make regions ‘more resilient’ to flooding

28/10/2014

Local areas could become more resilient to flooding and snowfall under Government plans for a new £97m Met Office supercomputer.

Climate change goals wil be missed, warns charity

22/10/2014

The Government will fail to meet climate change targets unless it ramps up efforts to create warm, affordable low-carbon homes, campaigners have warned.

Low carbon vehicles projects get £6m funding

17/09/2014

Two projects to help develop low carbon vehicles technologies have been awarded £6m funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Low-carbon economy could increase UK GDP says report

17/09/2014

Reducing emissions from road transport, in line with the carbon budgets set by the Committee on Climate Change, could reduce healthcare spending by £96m by 2030, according to a new report.

MPs ‘red card’ green policies

16/09/2014

The Government’s green polices have been handed a ‘red card’ by the Environmental Audit Committee, who is calling for an overarching Environmental Strategy be implemented.

Invasion of the bees: 120,000 descend on Glasgow

28/08/2014

Glasgow City Council has told people not to be alarmed by the 120,000 bees currently 'invading' the City Chambers.

Government inaction puts thousands at risk from flooding, Labour warns

11/08/2014

Some 330,000 more properties will be at serious risk of flooding in 2035 thanks to Government inaction over climate change, Labour will warn.

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