‘Energy across the authority’ aims to highlight a number of energy related projects that are being carried out by local authorities, showing a collection of varied ways in which councils are engaging with the energy and climate change agenda. The projects featured in this publication are real-world examples of how local authorities are responding to energy related issues in their locality, as well as using their assets to create further opportunities by proactively engaging with energy developments. There are lessons for all local authorities within this publication, from insight into small scale projects to substantial programmes for change.
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Atkins hosted a Building Back Greener event at a packed Manchester Art Gallery on 12 October 2021 in the company’s first face-to-face client event for nearly two years. “It’s more than 18 months since we were able to get together like this and I just wanted to say thank you to all our clients for keeping us working and busy during the pandemic,” Atkins UK CEO Richard Robinson told the audience of 200+ industry leaders which included most of Atkins senior staff. The keynote speaker at the event, which was chaired by Henri Murison, director at The Northern Powerhouse Partnership, was Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese who offered a hard-hitting analysis of the current climate challenges. “We are in the last-chance saloon on climate change and are seeing unprecedented climate events around the world – it is a very serious problem,” said Leese. In a wide-ranging speech on a range of climate issues, Leese said that the current energy supply and fuel crisis showed that the UK hadn’t invested enough in alternative energy and more needed to be done. He also said that the effects of the climate crisis were not evenly spread. “In the UK, the poorest communities are suffering the most from climate change and with energy price rises, if you’re living on Universal Credit then you are switching off the heating in case your bills spiral,” he said.
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