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An exemplar of low carbon residential development and mixed use placemaking

ENGIE is redeveloping the former 1GW coal fired power station at Rugeley, Staffordshire, as an exemplar of low carbon residential development and mixed use placemaking.

Anaerobic digestion: reducing landfill waste

Leicester is a very urban city with limited pavement space for kerbside containers. But Leicester City Council was determined to cut its waste sent to landfill.

Barnsley sets off biomass boilers

In 2004, Barnsley Metropolitan Council made a commitment to consider biomass heating systems for all new and refurbished buildings.

Birmingham – climate change and vulnerable communities

Birmingham's Climate Change Adaptation Partnership is putting health inequalities at the heart of its strategy. It's offering a range of tools and approaches to identify which communities will need most help to adapt to the effects of climate change.

Cambridgeshire County Council Policy Collaboration with Cambridge University Researchers

Cambridgeshire County Council runs the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) Policy Challenges programme, which unites researchers, councillors and officers in a collaborative, research-led approach to policy-making.

Delivering on street residential chargepoints as one step towards addressing air quality issues to achieve compliance with legal limits citywide in the shortest possible timeframe | Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth City Council tackles our role in addressing the air quality priorities head on. Through the provision of innovative and accessible charging infrastructure, residents are encouraged to shift towards owning electric vehicles, leading to a reduction in conventional petrol and diesel vehicles and resulting in a reduction in air pollution within the city.

Developing a community forum to help tackle climate change and increase biodiversity

South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils share their experience of developing a community forum.

E-scooter trial in Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Council was the first area in the UK to allow a trial to enable the use of private rented E-scooters on its Highway, following changes in legislation.

Emissions-based parking permits

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council is moving from a resident parking permit structure with seven price bands to one which is more directly related to the CO2 emissions of the vehicle.

Funding the move to anaerobic digestion

Newcastle Borough Council wanted to increase recycling targets due to rising landfill costs. But with cash in short supply, funding the move to anaerobic digestion promised to be a challenge. Now the council collects between 70 and 80 tonnes of food waste from all 54,000 households in Newcastle under Lyme every week.