The effectiveness of councils’ climate action plans is to be assessed and receive a score in a new league table. Climate Emergency UK, a platform which contains an online database of UK local authority climate and ecological emergency declarations, is to create a national council climate league. The project, similar to People & Planet’s green league table for universities, is being led by Climate Emergency UK’s founder Kevin Frea (Ind), deputy leader of Lancaster City Council, in partnership with My Society. Just over 300 out of 404 (74%) of principal councils have declared a climate emergency to date, as well as eight out of 10 combined authorities. Although Cllr Frea says that the declarations have “largely fizzled out” this year, most of the councils that have not declared have nonetheless still produced a climate action plan.
Local Government Chronicle 6th Sept 2021 read more »