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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Climate Action Teachers Champions (CATCh) programme

Schools in Luton have developed climate action plans for the first time, with support from a new scheme from Luton Council.

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Essex County Council launches pioneering app to take action on climate change

In May 2023, Essex County Council unveiled the new Carbon Cutting Essex app, which will play an important role in helping Essex to transform to become a greener county.

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Newport City Council’s journey to decarbonising procurement

This case study outlines the significant project Newport City Council has embarked on to identify the carbon emissions stemming from procurement, with the aim of decarbonising to reach our target of Net Zero by 2030.

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Westmorland & Furness' Climate Action Plan

As a new authority, Westmorland and Furness has made climate change a key priority from the outset. Its ambition is to provide leadership on climate change, for sustainable and inclusive growth, and work together with communities on the biggest challenge of our generation.

Tree Canopy Cover Survey and Planting Strategy

Babergh and Mid Suffolk used the National Tree Map to establish tree canopy cover across both predominantly rural districts, allowing them to understand tree cover to ward level and spatially, along with the value of benefits trees provide us with.

Embedding an EV car club into targeted neighbourhoods

Newcastle City Council’s Net Zero Team and Strategic Transport Team collaborated with Northumbria University and CoWheels, to determine whether it was feasible to deploy an EV car club vehicle into a targeted neighbourhood in the Elswick Ward of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Blackburn with Darwen People’s Jury on the Climate Change Crisis

Meeting over 30 hours between September and December 2022, the Jury heard from commentators on the causes and consequences of climate change and elected to hear more on education and communication, housing and transport.

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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