Blueprint explores accelerating climate action at local level

A group of local government, environment and research organisations have come together to set out how government can accelerate climate action and a green recovery at local level.

Published this summer, the report set out five immediate priorities for how the government can accelerate a green recovery from coronavirus, including investing in low carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure, along with supporting reskilling, retraining and research for a net zero, well adapted economy. From this, it looked at how local authorities are already delivering on the climate emergency and made a series of proposals for how the government can support them in scaling up action.

These proposals were split into key themes: growing the zero and low carbon economy; retrofitting homes and buildings; decarbonising transport; delivering zero carbon planning and development that protects and enhances nature; reducing waste and encouraging sustainable consumption; restoring nature for all; and developing local authority funding, governance and accounting systems that are fit for purpose.

Its recommendations included setting out a road map for how government is planning to decarbonise heat to support retrofitting homes and buildings, and to bring back incentives and remove tax burdens for community energy companies to unlock local investment in community energy projects. It also advocated requiring local industrial strategies to align with national carbon budgets and for decarbonisation, climate adaptation and nature restoration to be placed at the heart of local economic and industrial development.

Signatories of the blueprint include Ashden, ADEPT, Friends of the Earth, Grantham Institute, Greenpeace UK, LEDNet, PCAN at LSE and Solace.