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The road to net zero


To deliver change at the pace and scale required to reach net zero, councils have a crucial role to play, as they have influence over significant sources of GHG emissions, established local networks, detailed knowledge of their communities, and democratic accountability.

Following LGIU’s participation in the ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022: The Malmö Summit, gather with our team of experts, colleagues from the International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) and fellow members to learn about some of the best examples globally and identify common action points and the gaps that need to be addressed. Our Local Democracy Research Centre (in partnership with Browne Jacobson) will publish a case study based report on the back of this later this year.

The session will also focus on learnings around the following questions:

  • How are local governments and councils around the world pursuing a net zero agenda?
  • What are the best practices with high replication potential and what can others learn from them?
  • What are the challenges of building democratic consent around this agenda in an era of rising energy prices and a cost of living crisis?
  • How do we overcome these?

Date: Thursday, 19 May

Time: 10:00am – 10:45am BST

The road to net zero is part of  LGIU’s extensive coverage of sustainable development. Find our in-depth reports and briefings on everything from resilient and healthy communities to public procurement for you and your teams. Our analysis and coverage explore key themes and practical topics focusing on net zero.


  • Ana Maria Vargas Falla, Research Director, ICLD
  • Dr Andy Johnston, Chief Operating Officer, LGIU
  • Ingrid Koehler, Head of Content, LGIU

Other speakers to be confirmed

Who should attend?

Stakeholders from across the local government sector and beyond with an interest in achieving net zero, the cost of living crisis, and wider local democracy issues.