This briefing discusses climate change and its impacts on local government asset planning and infrastructure. This briefing will be of interest to local government asset and infrastructure managers, as well as non-technical policymakers involved in strategic asset management policy.
LGIU’s Kim Fellows writes on the importance of supporting waste management services amid increasing pressures due to the coronavirus crisis.
Given the government’s important commitment to net zero by 2050, a clear challenge has been set for local authorities (and many others) to improve their carbon footprint, writes Mike Giles of the ECA.
The Association of Irish Local Government held their annual conference in March, hosting councillors from across Ireland for a packed programme covering key issues facing the sector. This year, focus was on climate action, and the first annual Women’s Network meeting was held. LGIU’s Jennifer Glover attended the event and brings you the highlights.
Fly-tipping and illegal dumping cost local authorities and land and property owners millions of pounds each year in clean up and enforcement, and measures that can be taken to address fly-tipping vary according to the circumstances, but may include local information and engagement programmes, regional intelligence sharing, and enforcement campaigns. This briefing will be of…
This briefing introduces the circular economy, a term often mentioned but possibly poorly understood, as an economic concept – followed by a discussion of the opportunities for local governments to participate in, and lead, changes towards achieving a circular economy.
Food for Life Scotland – using public sector food services to deliver on health, climate and economic priorities
Soil Association Scotland’s ‘Food for Life Scotland’ programme supports local authorities across in serving sustainable food in schools through an award scheme. This briefing highlights the key learning opportunities, as well as examining more broadly the role of local government in delivering public sector food that complements public health, environmental, and local economic priorities.
Finally the problem of flooding has reached the top of the agenda, but where will the solutions come from? LGIU’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr Andy Johnston reports from the recent National Flood Forum Conference.
Jennifer Lothian, Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Officer at East Lothian Council, provides insight into East Lothian Council’s successful reductions in carbon footprint over the past 5 years, in addition to outlining ambitious future plans to meet net-zero targets.
Brisbane City Council has committed to five new ‘green bridges’ across the Brisbane River, over the next four years, designed for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport only. Using these examples, this briefing looks at quantifying the benefits of an active transport investment to assist decision-making when it comes to investing.