‘The number of local authorities reducing their emissions is falling’

Energy Systems Catapult suggests better energy planning is needed to improve how local areas prepare for decarbonisation

Local authorities granted £3m for cleaner air

The money from the government’s Air Quality Grant will be shared by 23 councils

Local authorities granted £25m to roll out greener buses

They will be able to use the funds to upgrade buses with technology to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions

Ten UK cities shortlisted to bid for share of £840m to improve transport

They could include upgrades such as new bus routes, smart technology aimed at reducing congestion or docking stations for e-bikes

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

UK councils win £40m to drive down bus emissions

They will retrofit buses with technology to reduce tailpipe emissions of nitrogen dioxide

Councils could save £35m from plastic bottles cashback scheme

Local authorities across England could save up to £35 million every year if a plastic bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) was introduced in England. The news comes after Environment Secretary Michael Gove recently launched a consultation to seek views on how such a scheme – where a small charge is returned to customers for each […]

Utility firms could face hourly charge for roadworks

Local authorities in England could be allowed to charge utility companies by the hour to carry out roadworks on selected routes. New government proposals aim to halve the delays motorists face caused by utility firms digging up busy roads. According to the Department for Transport, the 2.5 million roadworks currently carried out each year cost […]

Government criticised for ‘weak’ and ‘toothless’ air pollution plans

The government’s draft plans to tackle air pollution in the UK has been criticised as “weak”, “toothless” and “inadequate”. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) published the air quality plan today after it lost its High Court battle to delay it until after the general election. While the government has not committed […]

Local authorities ‘need more power over green housing’

Cities in the UK should be given more power to raise the bar on green new-build housing. The UK Green Building Council’s (UK GBC) latest paper proposes government should allow local authorities to take leadership of delivering sustainable new homes and communities to tackle the housing and climate crises. Its release follows the government’s scaling […]