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

Online Training: Effective local climate governance after COP26


Local government in the UK has been at the forefront of delivering effective responses to the climate emergency for over two decades, from the Nottingham Declaration in 2000 through to the declaration of a climate emergency by over 300 local authorities.

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. Operating at a scale at which communities and stakeholders can be engaged and behaviour influenced local authorities will continue to be vital to the delivery of future decarbonisation and adaptation.

However, the delivery of local climate action is complicated, involving not just local authorities, but a range of actors and a web of relationships. Ensuring that councils have effective governance in place to deliver solutions to the climate emergency at the scale and pace required will be crucial.

This online workshop will use case studies from across the UK to explore frameworks for effective local climate governance. It will focus on:

  • Delivering a comprehensive approach to climate action across the council
  • Collaborating on local climate action
  • Engaging with communities to deliver effective climate outcomes

Outline agenda

10.00am                     The UK context for delivering local climate action

10.30am                      Effective climate governance case studies

11.00am                      Plenary discussion

11.30pm                      Close



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.