Flooded street

Local government responds to government’s Net Zero Strategy

Local government has reacted to the government’s Net Zero Strategy, which was published yesterday.

The strategy backs a prominent role for local authorities in decarbonisation and announced that council funding for climate change actions will be simplified.

Commenting, the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Environment Spokesperson, Councillor David Renard said:
“As leaders of local communities, only councils can mobilise and join up the collective action to achieve net zero in our villages, towns and cities, and are able to impact on more than a third of local emissions through housing, transport and the natural environment.
“We are pleased the strategy recognises the importance of local government in delivering net zero and we look forward to working with the government through the Local Net Zero Forum to ensure all places have the powers and resources to reduce carbon emissions.
“We are calling on the government to follow today’s announcement by using next week’s Spending Review to begin work with councils and businesses on a national fiscal and policy framework to address the climate emergency.

“This will enable councils to deliver green local infrastructure projects, which our research has shown could generate 1.1 million local green jobs by 2050.”

Climate Change Spokesperson for the County Councils Network (CCN), Councillor Sam Corcoran added:

“Today’s Net Zero Strategy from the government is an important milestone for decarbonising the country. The document emphasises the important role of local authorities in helping to deliver net zero, but it lacks detail on whether any new grant funding to support councils is included within the strategy.

“New announcements on extra funding for people to retrofit their homes, to increase electric vehicle charging points and for greener infrastructure will all have a tangible impact.

"But the County Councils Network’s recent report on achieving net zero in county areas warned that emissions in rural and county areas were decreasing slower than other parts of the country and recommended a substantive increase in funding to address this.

“If the government is to hit its net zero target, it has a ready and willing partner in county authorities. But we cannot decarbonise on a shoestring and government needs to move away from what has been an overly city focused on reducing emissions. COP26 provides the perfect opportunity to reset the dial and focus on our county areas.

“In addition, we are pleased to see grants being made available for householders to install heat pumps, but the total amount of funding available appears inadequate to meet the government’s own targets in this area. In this area, we need clear and consistent policy supported by adequate funding to support communities and individuals to take personal action.”

Watch PSE’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Virtual Event on demand here.

The Theory of Devolution

PSE Aug/Sept 22

The Theory of Devolution

Our August/September edition of PSE brings you expert comment and analysis on a range of public sector topics, from decarbonisation and the environment to leadership. Learn about devolution, or the United Kingdom’s first net zero bus station as the public sector plays a key role in the development of the world that we live in.


View all videos
#PSE365: Public Sector Digital Transformation

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public Sector Digital Transformation Virtual Event | 15 Sept 2022

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Upcoming Webinar

Webinar: Driving sustainability & value through technology end-of-life

End-of-life is often overlooked yet is equally as important to a digital strategy, but what happens to end-of-life technology? What is the impact on the environment, net zero targets? What is the financial impact, is value for money for the taxpayer simply discarded and destroyed along with the technology?

Join us on 13 September between 2:00pm-2:45pm where we look to address the lifecycle of a digital strategy with a focus on end-of-life using examples, achieving efficiency, increased sustainability and delivering cost savings.

Guest Panellists:

Adam Turner, Head of Government and Public Sector Sustainable ICT and Digital, DEFRA
Ben Levin, Senior Manager, Technology Assesment and Criteria Development, Global Electronics Council
Fredrik Forslund, Vice President, Enterprise & Cloud Erasure Solutions, Blancco
Ben Tongue, Digital Net Zero Lead, NHS England

More articles...

View all