UK councils light up with subsidy-free and ‘smart’ solar

The top 10 local authorities have invested around £80 million in solar projects

New UK crackdown on litter louts come into force

Councils now have the power to almost double on-the-spot fines from £80 to £150

London mayor urges councils to ditch fossil fuels

The London Pension Fund Authority has only 2% of its entire holdings invested in fossil fuel companies

Welsh councils granted £7.5m to boost recycling

Recycling in Wales is currently said to be 12% above the UK average

Utility firms face £2,500 a day fine for peak time roadworks

Councils will be given the power to charge utility companies up to £2,500 a day for digging up the busiest roads at peak times. The Department for Transport said lane rental schemes, which have been trialled in Kent and London, have helped to significantly reduce delays and could now be rolled out nationwide. The aim […]

UK councils win £40m to drive down bus emissions

A total of 20 local authorities have won funding totalling £40 million to clean up old buses. They will retrofit buses with technology to reduce tailpipe emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), helping meet minimum emissions standards and tackle air pollution. They include West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Bristol City Council, Oxford City Council, Transport for London […]

Only five councils take advantage of EV funding scheme

  Ministers have called for councils to do more to cut emissions after only five local authorities across the UK took advantage of an electric vehicle (EV) scheme. The On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, launched in 2016, offers funding for local authorities to buy and install electric car charge points for public use. However, Transport Minister […]

English councils offered £2m to tackle air pollution

Local authorities in England can bid for a share of at least £2 million to tackle air pollution. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will provide the funding to councils that have one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). Local authorities have been carrying out reviews and assessments of air quality […]

Sadiq Khan urges London councils to ban fracking

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is urging councils to set an outright ban on fracking in the capital. As part of a new policy in his draft London Plan, he says any applications for the exploration, appraisal or production of shale gas using fracking should be refused by boroughs. He adds the “harmful” process can generate […]

London firms fight air pollution with £1m fund

Five business groups have won a share of £1 million to implement hard-hitting measures to tackle air pollution in London. Mayor Sadiq Khan is providing the funding for firms to implement the ‘Business Low Emissions Neighbourhoods’ in the capital’s most polluted areas, with measures such as zero emission delivery services, cleaner walking routes for staff […]