Climate action: local collaborations

How are we supporting and working with all relevant private and civic actors in the area towards climate change mitigation and adaptation?

Climate change hub

LGA resources

Universities and councils: partnership working towards net zero

The LGA has been working to partner universities with councils to explore ways of achieving their carbon emission targets.

Climate emergency - fire and rescue services

This report provides a basis for having local conversations about adaptation and mitigation, as well as providing comments and case studies from a range of organisations and programmes working on the issue. 

Design in the Public Sector Programme

Delivered in partnership between the LGA and Design Council, the Design in Public Sector programme (DIPS) equips councils with design skills and methods to apply to their toughest local climate challenges and most ambitious aspiration or mission.

The aims of the Design in the Public Sector Programme are to:

  • Build cross-sector partnerships that collaboratively explore climate challenges locally to generate demonstrator projects
  • Build design skills and capabilities within the council and across partners, to reduce the impact of climate change, through mitigation or adaptation
  • Deliver an accelerated learning experience for local authorities
  • Create new insights and evidence to generate solutions
  • Enable new ways of working with partners and stakeholders
  • Create a community of practice around climate action across the sector sharing best practice, insight and key learning
  • To use the evidence and insight generated around climate action to inform policy recommendations

We are currently working with the following councils on a number of innovative climate change projects:


Council Project
City of London Corporation Working with surrounding councils in the creation of a Riverside Strategy for raising the Thames flood defences
Ealing Council and Slough Borough Council Supporting local businesses to understand and measure their carbon accounting
Kent County Council and Canterbury Council Working together to produce a climate action plan
Cheshire West and Chester Council Working with residents to review and co-produce the Council’s Climate Emergency Response plan and facilitate continued resident engagement
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils Engaging with communities to get them involved in understanding the biodiversity in their local areas and working with them to identify supportive activity that they could lead or take part in
Plymouth City Council Delivering a citywide network of mobility hubs, offering low or zero carbon transport options
Surrey County Council and LB Richmond upon Thames Supporting a shift to a procurement process that incorporates environmental considerations and building in a circular economy
St Helens Council Designing a Green Recovery Strategy and Action Plan with a focus on economic growth and environmental sustainability
Kendal Town Council and South Lakeland District Council Working with the Kendal Climate Change Citizens Jury to action recommendations following their assembly on ‘What should Kendal do about Climate Change’

As their projects progress, we will update the webpage with further information and shared learning. If you have any questions, please contact


Case studies and notable practice

Councils are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions and working with partners and local communities to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area. Below are examples of innovative case studies and ongoing projects from councils in specific areas. 

If you have a case study or piece of notable practice which you'd like to share with us, please fill out a case study template and submit it via email to, or simply email us with a few lines about what you’re up to. 

Leicestershire County Council and Veolia deliver carbon and energy savings in the Midlands 

An exemplar of low carbon residential development and mixed use placemaking

Mayor of London’s Retrofit Accelerators

Cambridgeshire County Council Policy Collaboration with Cambridge University Researchers