Government needs to incentivise and support local funding and devolved powers in order to move the UK’s local areas to a net-zero carbon economy, a new report has claimed. The study, delivered by think tanks Green Alliance and Localis, states Westminster needs to get behind ambitious local industrial strategies – and follows more than 230 English local authorities declaring climate emergencies in the past year. But despite the policy announcements, many councils have only recently begun to consider the required local energy and transport system requirements – and how to transform buildings, industries and other assets in these areas.
Edie 23rd Oct 2019 read more »
The government must follow through on its commitment to support local industrial strategies with new funding and devolved powers so local areas can drive the UK’s transition to a zero-carbon economy, the think tanks Green Alliance and Localis argue in a joint study published today. Titled The road to clean growth – using local industrial strategies to drive change, the report calls for local and combined authorities to be given greater freedom to develop local industrial strategies with clean, climate-resilient growth at their core. It argues that local authorities should be granted more powers to mandate greener building projects, and should be able to use council tax and business rates to meet clean growth objectives. It also proposes that a proportion of the forthcoming Shared Prosperity Fund – the domestic replacement for the EU funds that will fall away following Brexit – be ring-fenced for projects that enable clean growth. It gives the example of supporting the grid infrastructure needed to expand renewable energy or improve public transport. The report also cites a series of examples of good practice, including Bristol’s CityLeap project, which is creating local opportunities by attracting private investment in local energy systems, and the West Midlands, which has put the move to electric vehicles at the heart of its recently published local industrial strategy. The study comes just a day after London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Birmingham Mayor Andy Street penned essays for a new collection organised by the IPPR think tank, arguing they should be provided with more powers by Westminster in order to drive forward their decarbonisation strategies.
Business Green 23rd Oct 2019 read more »