Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Opening up water options

23.02.17: With only a few weeks left until public sector organisations across England can choose their water services retailer, it’s time to make sure you know what your options are, writes Helen Robinson-Gordon, head of communications for Retail Ma...

GM Mayor: Business as usual won’t work to deliver 2050 carbon targets

21.02.17: Taking a ‘business as usual’ approach will not allow Manchester to hit its 80% carbon reduction targets by 2050, Tony Lloyd, the region’s interim mayor has said today at the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector Conference. A...

Planning for climate change?

20.02.17: Planning is at the heart of responding to climate change, but new research finds many local authorities have deprioritised key policy actions vital to our collective future, says Dr Hugh Ellis, head of policy at the Town & Country Plann...

UK public sector sustainability priorities for 2017

16.02.17: Richard Rugg, managing director of programmes at the Carbon Trust, looks at the opportunities and challenges facing sustainability in the public sector over the next 12 months. As we come up towards our annual Public Sector Conference, I us...

MPs criticise Defra’s ‘ineffective’ response to flood prevention report

24.01.17: The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has criticised the government for failing to act on the country’s “ineffective” flood protection measures, leaving communities across England at risk. EFRA’s p...

EVs at the heart of industrial strategy plans

04.01.17: PSE reports on the latest announcements around electric vehicles, including new funding in the Autumn Statement and further commitments from cabinet ministers to expanding the sector. Following new funding promises for electric vehicles (EV...

Taking a lead on EV

26.12.16: Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the opportunity the public sector has in increasing electric vehicle (EV) take-up. There is a government aspiration that by 2040 every new car in the UK will be a...

High Court backs North Yorkshire CC over fracking decision

20.12.16: Fracking will be allowed to take place in North Yorkshire after the High Court ruled that the county council acted lawfully when it approved a fracking application earlier this year. North Yorkshire County Council had approved energy compan...

Recycling rates in UK fall for first time on record

19.12.16: Recycling rates in the UK have fallen for the first time on record, prompting calls for a new tax on packaging as the country now faces an uphill task to meet its EU targets. Official statistics released by the Department for Environment, F...

Khan pressed to divest council pension funds from fossil fuel industries

08.12.16: The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been urged by the London Assembly to divest all remaining council pension fund investments away from fossil-fuelled industries to show that London is “serious” about tackling climate change. Kh...

Nottinghamshire County Council approves potential fracking site

15.11.16: Nottinghamshire County Council has given an energy company permission to explore for shale gas near the village of Misson, opening the possibility that the site may be fracked in the future. The council approved a planning application by iG...

Government to encourage uptake of low emission vehicles

11.11.16: New plans will be set out to boost sales of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the forthcoming emissions reductions plan, the government has promised. The announcement was made in response to a report made by the Environmental Audit Com...

Can we meet sustainable transport and decarbonisation targets?

04.11.16: PSE’s David Stevenson analyses the recent Environmental Audit Committee’s report into sustainability in the Department for Transport (DfT), and what this means for achieving sustainable transport targets. Although the DfT has ta...

Hitting 2020 climate change targets four years early

04.11.16: Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for energy and sustainability, Cllr Alan Clark, tells PSE how the local authority has surpassed its climate change targets four years ahead of schedule. Recent central government statistics s...

The glue to Edinburgh’s long-term energy vision

01.11.16: Shortly after Energy for Edinburgh finished appointing a board of directors, PSE caught up with its chair, Cllr Adam McVey, to find out more about Scotland’s first council-owned operable energy services company (ESCo). Edinburgh...

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NAO:  Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

23/03/2017NAO: Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

Key projects in the government’s road investment strategy are at risk of cancellation if “decisive action” is not taken by the ... more >
London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22/03/2017London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homeca... more >
Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

22/03/2017Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

The government’s industrial strategy should be driven and led at a local level by handing space and powers to leaders to allow them to dict... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

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Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

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