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?



‘A National Mission with Local Impact’: Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland 2021-22 to 2025-26

The Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland details around £24 billion of major projects and large programmes, including a number of investments where tangible local socio-economic and environmental benefits are recognisable, which will be discussed in this Swift Read. This brief provides an outline to local authorities on what upcoming infrastructure investment may mean for…

Scotland Briefing

Going even lower? A progress report on Low Emission Zones and tackling air pollution in cities

LEZs are aimed at improving air quality, protecting public health and supporting wider climate change ambitions. Work on introducing more LEZs in Scotland have resumed after Covid-19 delays, but they are not expected until 2022, and there are also delays to English Clean Air Zones (CAZs) planned for 2020; in some cases postponed indefinitely.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Special Report on Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020

This briefing reviews the draft text of the Irish Government’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020, which draws on recommendations of the Citizens Assembly on Climate and those of a Joint Oireachtas committee on Climate Action. The Bill was also a key commitment of the Programme for Government where it was identified as…

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Delivering recovery through the Sustainable Development Goals – case studies from across Scotland

As institutions across the world look for ways to “build back better” this briefing examines a Scottish Government review that brings together evidence, actions and stories on (pre-Covid) progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In summarising this report, case studies from local authorities across Scotland are used, and we explore how the localisation of…

Scotland Briefing

Spaces for People: a personal reflection from Glasgow

James Bonner has written previous LGIU briefings on sustainable mobility and active travel, including on Scottish Government’s ‘Spaces for People’ programme rolled out during the Covid-19 pandemic. He reflects on his experiences in Glasgow during the pandemic and how they align with previous active travel writing.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog

The path to net zero – Climate Assembly UK

The UK is committed to reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. This will require significant changes to the way we live, and present difficult decisions for central and local government. The Climate Assembly UK brought together ordinary citizens to debate the issues and suggestion of policy solutions.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

How states are moving forward on renewable energy and reducing emissions

This briefing includes information on individual state and territory renewable energy policies and initiatives, and identifies their implications (and potential opportunities) for local governments. It also includes information on projects at the local and regional level.

Australia Briefing

Everyone’s business – Climate Week in Scotland

While the world’s attention remains focused on the pandemic, this year’s Climate Week comes as a timely reminder that Covid-19 is not the only crisis the planet faces. LGIU’s Alice Creasy writes on how climate change is already affecting the UK, and the role of local authorities in working to incorporate climate strategies into recovery.

Scotland Blog Post Blog