Local leaders representing over a third of the population sign up to UK100 initiative that aims to deliver net zero emission communities by 2045. The UK100 group of local authorities and councils has this week announced that nearly 60 cross-party local leaders, representing 35 per cent of the UK population, have now committed to delivering net zero emissions at least five years earlier than the UK-wide goal of 2050. The group said that 57 councils had now signed up its Net Zero Pledge, which explicitly commits them to neutralising council emissions by 2030 and those of their residents and businesses by 2045. The latest signatories to the initiative include the council leaders from Warwick District Council, the London Borough of Lambeth, St Albans City and District Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, and Hammersmith and Fulham Council. Together the 57 local authorities represent more than 23.5 million Brits, with the English cohort representing 28 per cent of England’s land area, UK100 said. The latest pledges come as former Southampton City Council Leader Christopher Hammond joins UK100 in a newly created role to manage its growing membership. Polly Billington, Director of UK100, said “these ambitious local leaders have pledged to do everything within their power to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible in a way that benefits their communities with new jobs and skills”. “From Edinburgh to Cornwall local leadership, alongside funding and powers, is key to winning the race to net zero,” she added.
Business Green 25th May 2021 read more »
A global goal to limit dangerous climate change has been agreed through the 2015 Paris Accords. The scientific case for action has been accepted by nearly all governments, at national and local or state level. Yet in all legislatures, there is a gap between the stated climate ambitions and the implementation of the measures necessary to achieve them. This paper examines this gap by analysing the experience of the following three UK cities: Belfast, Edinburgh, and Leeds. Researchers worked with city officials and elected representatives, using interviews and deliberative workshops to develop their shared understandings. The study finds that local actors employ different strategies to respond to the stated climate emergency, based on their innate understanding, or ‘phronetic knowledge’, of what works. It concludes that rapid climate action depends not just on the structures and mechanisms of governance, but at a deeper level, the assumptions, motivations and applied knowledge of decision-makers.
Sustainability 19th May 2021 read more »