Delivering local net zero

How councils could go further and faster.

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With over 300 local authorities declaring a climate emergency, and nearly two thirds of councils in England aiming to be carbon neutral 20 years before the national target, councils are well placed to support Government to meet its net zero carbon ambitions by 2050.

Since net zero can only be achieved with decarbonisation happening in every place across the country – that’s every household, community and local economy – it will require local leadership. We want to work towards building a partnership between and central and local government to tackle climate change.

Councils are already taking a leading role on decarbonisation and at a time when they are resetting following the pandemic, driving a green recovery.

The LGA commissioned WPI economics to produce a business case for the local delivery of low carbon infrastructure projects. Through a focus on buildings, transport and energy, it provides the strategic and economic case for why and how councils can unlock economic, social and environmental value and looks at the co-benefits that councils can bring in health, job creation and a reduction in carbon emissions.

With the right investment and support, councils can go further and faster to achieve net zero and many councils are already leading the way.

You can find the main research report, case studies and key statistics below.


Case studies

These case studies provide examples of how local authorities are successfully delivering low carbon infrastructure.

Key statistics

The following outlines the value which can be unlocked through local low carbon infrastructure delivery.

Investment and benefits modelling tools

Below are two spreadsheet tools which councils can use to understand the costs and benefits of retrofitting fuel poor households and of encouraging active travel.

Read the full report