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LGA sustainability briefing: the green economy

The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated the UK’s Low Carbon Renewable Energy Economy to be £41.2 billion in 2020, employing over 207,000 full time equivalents in low carbon electricity and heat, energy efficient products, low carbon financial and advisory services and low emissions vehicles and infrastructure.


LGA sustainability briefing: the natural environment

According to the most recent State of Nature report, published in 2023, there has been a 19% decline in the average abundance of wildlife species in the UK since the 1970s. Preservation and restoration of the natural environment is an urgent priority that needs to be addressed by councils and individuals alike.


LGA sustainability briefing: decarbonising transport

Transport is the largest contributor to UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions. In 2022, transport accounted for 26 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions. The majority of transport emissions are from road transport, with cars accounting for 52 per cent of transport emissions.


LGA sustainability briefing: community energy

Energy supply is the second largest contributor to UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions. In 2022, energy supply accounted for 20 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions. Community energy refers to energy projects that are owned, controlled, or directly benefit local communities.


Roundtable: How can councils attract alternative sources of investment into their area?

This roundtable chaired by Phil Green – Executive Director of Growth, Environment and Transport at Lancashire County Council – reflected on the challenges and opportunities that councils face in attracting alternative sources of investment and provided an opportunity for councils to share insights about their place-making roles and how they are attracting investment.

The role of local leadership - Dr Simon Kaye

In this think piece Dr Simon Kaye, Director of Policy at the think tank Reform, discusses the importance of local leadership in securing powers from central government, and how intelligent self-governance can help realise levelling up ambitions.

The importance of sustainable procurement in local government

Our webinar highlighted the importance of effective and sustainable procurement in local government with presentations from Cllr Clyde Loakes (Deputy Leader, London Borough of Waltham Forest / LGA Improvement and Innovation Climate Working Group), Krista Middleton (Oxford City Council), and Kelly Greer and Steph Hacker (The Association for Decentralised Energy).