Think tanks call for local authorities to be given greater clean growth powers

The government should embrace the willingness of local areas to do more to tackle climate change, according to a report from Green Alliance and Localis.

Published on 23 October, The route to clean growth: Using local industrial strategies to drive change set out how it was key to translate the momentum built at a local level over the past year – with many authorities declaring climate emergencies – into action and explored what national government must do to embrace and facilitate local clean growth.

Among the key recommendations were that government recommit to green local industrial strategies, explicit power is handed to local authorities to set higher standards for low carbon new homes, and that part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund is ringfenced for projects with local public and private investment that can deliver the ncessary infrastructure and supply chains for decarbonisation.

The report also called for government to provide expert advice and targeted finance support, adding support should not end as soon as a local industrial strategy is published, and for the net zero goal to be embedded in local planning. This, it explained, would see the government seek evidence authors have worked with neighbouring areas to coordinate around the development of low carbon infrastructure when approving future local industrial strategies.

Green Alliance