England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Climate action and sustainable development, Personal and organisational development

Online Training: An introduction to tackling the climate emergency for local government


As we move out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains clear that climate change presents an even greater threat to both human and natural systems and to the social and economic stability of human society. A successful COP26 in Glasgow will give renewed hope for progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and for adapting to the impacts of climate change now and in the future. Local government has been at the forefront of progress towards meeting the goals set out in the Paris Agreement and councils are best placed to deliver future actions as they understand their communities and the opportunities and challenges for decarbonisation and adaptation. In the UK over three-quarters of local authorities have now declared a climate emergency and many have set out detailed plans to achieve Net-Zero.

This workshop provides an introduction for both elected members and officers involved in developing responses to the climate emergency and an opportunity to share ideas and best practice.

Outline Programme

  • Climate policy from global to local. Global and UK climate policy and how it impacts local government.
  • The local governance of Net-Zero. How local government is responding to the climate emergency.
  • Communicating climate action
  • Practical next steps. Key actions for responding to the climate emergency.



Malcolm Powers, LGiU Associate Trainer

Malcolm is a former Councillor and Cabinet Member in a Unitary Authority. He has over fifteen years of experience delivering training to local government members and community campaigners. He has worked on a range of projects with local government climate networks and has recently completed an MSc in Climate Change at Birkbeck, University of London.

Who should attend?

Any elected member or officer who is involved in or is interested in developing local responses to achieving Net-Zero.