Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Guidance on business support to reduce area wide carbon footprint

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham declared a climate emergency in 2019 and committed to making the Council zero carbon by 2030, supporting the borough to do so by 2050.

Share the Warmth: Using behavioural insights to reduce energy usage among homeowners

The LGA funded a consortium of nine local authorities from Kent and Medway and the NHS in collaboration with The Behaviouralist to develop an intervention that leveraged behavioural insights to encourage local residents to reduce energy usage at home

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Barnet Council's BarNET ZERO sustainability campaign

BarNET ZERO is a sustainability project launched by Barnet council with a goal to be a net zero borough by 2042.

Worcestershire County Council's Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

In December 2020, Worcestershire County Council (WCC) successfully bid for £885,687 grant funding from the Government’s Salix Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) to fully fund several energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across WCC’s estate.

Herefordshire Council’s Phosphate Commission

In response to challenges finding long-term solutions to nutrient neutrality, the Herefordshire Council have established a Cabinet Commission to progress the restoration of the Rivers Wye and Lugg.

Ashford Borough Council's experience of nutrient neutrality

Ashford Council has had to hold granting planning permissions on a number of planning applications, for schemes which are caught by the issue nutrient neutrality. Around 90 per cent of site allocations in the Local Plan, and currently around 5,800 dwellings in over 170 planning applications, have been affected.

True value of Park and Ride in Chester

This case study explores park and ride and its contribution to decarbonising transport in Chester.

Launching e-scooter trials in South Somerset

In 2020 South Somerset District Council (SSDC) signed up to the call out by the Department for Transport (DfT) asking for councils to take part in their e-scooter trial for 12 months.

Decarbonising transport in Luton

The ownership of EV chargepoints in the public realm is a new uncertain challenge for councils, given the rising public expectation and government’s opaque guidance regarding resources/funding. For a council, who are seen by the public as a trusted local provider, the problem is how we translate policy and funding into physical, publicly accessible charge points, whilst meeting procurement, consultation, and other requirements.

Reflections from an Upper Tier Authority - How do we frame the benefits of road space reallocation in both rural and urban areas?

This reflective piece discusses the experience of an upper tier authority officer when trying to approach road space reallocation in rural and urban locations.