England & Wales Climate action and sustainable development, Personal and organisational development

How to tackle the climate emergency as a smaller council


Despite limited progress at a national and international level in tackling the Climate Emergency, local government has been at the forefront of delivering changes that would meet the internationally recognised 1.5oC warming target. Within the UK, local government has had a strong track record of action on climate change with over half of local authorities now having declared a climate emergency and many set out detailed plans to achieve Net-Zero. However, while ambitious, smaller councils often face particular challenges in taking action.

This seminar provides an introduction for both members and officers from smaller local authorities involved in developing responses to the climate emergency and an opportunity to share ideas and best practice.

Outline Programme:

  • An introduction to the science and impacts of climate change.
  • How global and UK climate policy impact local government.
  • How smaller local authorities are responding to the climate emergency.
  • Key actions for tackling the climate emergency (plenary discussion).

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?

Members and officers from smaller councils who are involved in or is interested in developing a response to the Climate Emergency