A local path to net zero

Councils have a significant role to play in tackling the climate emergency.

Re-thinking local: climate change and air quality

Councils want to work as partners with government to support and advance on the UK’s net zero target by 2050.

They are well-placed to translate national climate ambitions into transformative action as:

  • Place shapers – places are intrinsically local and councils are the master planners
  • Purchasersprocurement is a key power that councils have to deliver net zero
  • Problem solvers – councils have been delivering solutions to local problems for centuries
  • Asset owners – councils are land-owners and have significant building stock
  • Convenors – councils can bring together local partners, businesses and civil society

To promote local leadership on climate change, we have invited councils, partners and industry experts to share their perspectives on the importance of local climate action, themed around the goals of the 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), taking place in Glasgow this November. These are mitigation, adaptation, finance and collaboration.