80% of cities not yet 1.5C-aligned; more government support needed for local climate action. Just one-fifth of the world’s cities have reported climate plans aligned with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C trajectory, with many saying they need more support to accelerate decarbonisation and adaptation. That is a key finding from a new report from CDP and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, out today (5 October). It is entitled ‘Working Together to Beat the Climate Crisis’. The report assesses the climate plans of 965 of the world’s largest cities as well as 136 states and regions. Here in the UK, organisations including UK100, Green Alliance and the Government’s own National Audit Office (NAO) have warned that many local authorities need additional funding to walk the talk when it comes to their climate plans.
Edie 5th Oct 2021 read more »
City leaders in Hull are looking to turn the clock back over 70 years by exploring the idea of setting up a council-owned energy business. The council last managed and supplied electricity across Hull in 1948 before it was nationalised. Now councillors are set to examine the options around creating a new public energy company as part of a £16m package of green energy projects over the next three years. If given the go-ahead, the ultimate aim would be reduced carbon emissions while recouping project spending through lower energy costs and selling power to the National Grid. The new projects include proposals to build an onshore wind turbine and battery storage site in the city, installing more rooftop solar panels on council properties and building a large solar farm at a former landfill site in Bransholme.
Hull Daily Mail 6th Oct 2021 read more »