Climate action: local collaborations

How are we supporting and working with all relevant private and civic actors in the area towards climate change mitigation and adaptation?

Climate change hub

LGA resources

Universities and councils: partnership working towards net zero

The LGA has been working to partner universities with councils to explore ways of achieving their carbon emission targets.

Climate emergency - fire and rescue services

This report provides a basis for having local conversations about adaptation and mitigation, as well as providing comments and case studies from a range of organisations and programmes working on the issue. 

Design in the Public Sector Programme

Delivered in partnership between the LGA and Design Council, the Design in Public Sector programme (DIPS) equips councils with design skills and methods to apply to their toughest local climate challenges and most ambitious aspiration or mission.

The aims of the Design in the Public Sector Programme are to:

  • Build cross-sector partnerships that collaboratively explore climate challenges locally to generate demonstrator projects
  • Build design skills and capabilities within the council and across partners, to reduce the impact of climate change, through mitigation or adaptation
  • Deliver an accelerated learning experience for local authorities
  • Create new insights and evidence to generate solutions
  • Enable new ways of working with partners and stakeholders
  • Create a community of practice around climate action across the sector sharing best practice, insight and key learning
  • To use the evidence and insight generated around climate action to inform policy recommendations

We are currently working with the following councils on a number of innovative climate change projects:

 

Council Project
City of London Corporation Working with surrounding councils in the creation of a Riverside Strategy for raising the Thames flood defences
Ealing Council and Slough Borough Council Supporting local businesses to understand and measure their carbon accounting
Kent County Council and Canterbury Council Working together to produce a climate action plan
Cheshire West and Chester Council Working with residents to review and co-produce the Council’s Climate Emergency Response plan and facilitate continued resident engagement
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils Engaging with communities to get them involved in understanding the biodiversity in their local areas and working with them to identify supportive activity that they could lead or take part in
Plymouth City Council Delivering a citywide network of mobility hubs, offering low or zero carbon transport options
Surrey County Council and LB Richmond upon Thames Supporting a shift to a procurement process that incorporates environmental considerations and building in a circular economy
St Helens Council Designing a Green Recovery Strategy and Action Plan with a focus on economic growth and environmental sustainability
Kendal Town Council and South Lakeland District Council Working with the Kendal Climate Change Citizens Jury to action recommendations following their assembly on ‘What should Kendal do about Climate Change’

As their projects progress, we will update the webpage with further information and shared learning. If you have any questions, please contact DesignProgrammes@designcouncil.org.uk


Case studies and notable practice

Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership

The Hertfordshire Leaders Group, attended by all council leaders, established the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership. It aims to share information, coordinate and influence solutions, and bring forward proposals for key interventions around climate change and sustainability across Hertfordshire.

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Cambridgeshire County Council: Tackling the climate emergency by engaging young people

Cambridgeshire County Council partnered with researchers from the University of Cambridge to address the question of how they should work with local communities to tackle the climate emergency, which highlighted the untapped potential of young people.

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Leicestershire County Council and Veolia deliver carbon and energy savings in the Midlands

Leicestershire County Council is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. They set up the Midlands Energy Performance Contract and appointed Veolia as delivery partner to deliver energy and carbon savings projects.

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An exemplar of low carbon residential development and mixed use placemaking

ENGIE is redeveloping the former 1GW coal fired power station at Rugeley, Staffordshire, as an exemplar of low carbon residential development and mixed use placemaking.

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Mayor of London’s Retrofit Accelerators

The two Retrofit Accelerators – Workplaces and Homes – are part of the Mayor’s Energy for Londoners programme which aims to make London’s homes warm, healthy and affordable, its workplaces more energy efficient, and to supply the capital with more local clean energy.

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Cambridgeshire County Council Policy Collaboration with Cambridge University Researchers

Cambridgeshire County Council runs the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) Policy Challenges programme, which unites researchers, councillors and officers in a collaborative, research-led approach to policy making, including around climate change.

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Bath & North East Somerset Council: Lean on partners’ campaigns

Bath & North East Somerset Council is on an ambitious path to carbon neutrality by 2030, having declared a Climate Emergency in March 2019.

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Action on Climate in Teignbridge: Conversations make a difference

Action on Climate in Teignbridge is a Community Interest Company set up in 2019 by volunteers in response to Teignbridge District Council declaring a climate emergency in April 2019.

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