Climate action and sustainable development

Green and clean. How can local government deliver services and engage citizens for a more sustainable future and a cooler climate?


On climate change, poverty, and inequality: ‘What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind’

‘You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make’ – Jane Goodall. This blog explores the links between poverty and the unequal effects of and efforts to address climate…

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The new cold war: why everyone wants a piece of the Arctic

This briefing offers a beginner’s guide to Arctic matters and the interests of the key states and prospective players in the region. It surveys the new opportunities created by the retreating ice, and the new dangers these pose to the sustainability of the Arctic and its population. It also considers the governance of the region:…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Live issues in local government – LGiU at the party conferences

Party conference season is over for another year and much ink has been spilled over the headline announcements. However, LGiU used the conferences as an opportunity to catch up with our members, council leaders and policy-makers about their views on the challenges facing local government. We’ve been looking at how national policy announcements match up…

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Building a movement: tackling cup waste from all angles

As climate change becomes an increasingly pressing issue, so too has the issue of waste and single-use disposable items. To mark No Disposable Cup Day, Georgina Massouraki, Campaigns Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, blogs about their Cup Movement campaign and the role local government can play.

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You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

LGiU’s Kim Fellows blogs about climate change and what retailers, citizens and governments at all levels can do to tackle it – and why haven’t we done anything until now?

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Cut the Bull: how changing your diet could help save the planet

As the effects of climate change become better recognised, more attention is being focused towards the issue of food impacts on climate change. This briefing will make recommendations on the ways in which local governments can address issues of health and climate change through diet.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

Charge! Latest planning shake-up to see electric car chargepoints become compulsory in new buildings

The government is considering another shake-up of planning regulations with electric car charging points set to become compulsory in new-build homes and other buildings. What changes to current building regulations does the consultation propose, and how far will the changes contribute towards meeting the target of the UK achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by…

England & Wales Briefing

Oxford’s citizens’ assembly on climate change

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, spoke to LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler recently for the LGiU Fortnightly episode on climate emergency in local government. To provide a little bit more information about the citizens’ assembly, Oxford City Council has provided a FAQ:

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LGiU Fortnightly 16th August – Climate emergency in local government

With councils across the country declaring climate emergencies, we ask a couple of them what this really means for the way they work. Cllr Kevin Maguire, Cabinet Member for Environment in Norwich City Council, [12:30] describes their approach to integrating environmental with social and economic outcomes, and Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council,…

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