Ep. 16 Cllr Nick Forbes - Net zero and an inclusive economy

On this week’s episode, Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes CBE joined host Emily Rodgers to highlight his ambitions for the future of his city. 

Nick has been instrumental in representing local government and their economies through a decade of austerity and has worked to secure devolution packages City Deals through the combined authority. 

The first thing noted by the leader is that the last ten years have been ‘the most extraordinary period in local government’ but that doesn’t stop him referring to his 11 years as leader as a privilege. 

Newcastle has implemented many examples of where they have pivoted and repurposed their resources to support the city through this crisis, with amazing results.

Cllr Forbes’ ambitious plan for the future is a green one, with talks of growing your own food and not letting cars back into the city centre after this crisis, Nick is ready to support a whole generation of jobs created from the carbon neutral journey. 

A champion for local government, devolution and building a greater society, Cllr Forbes shares his council’s best practice and leaves you feeling inspired, certain that the coronavirus crisis poses opportunity for positive change.  

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Ep 48. Achieving Net Zero - Cllr Abdul Jabbar - Oldham Council

As central government aims for the UK to be net zero by 2050, councils around the country make plans for how to reduce emissions. This episode’s guest, Oldham’s Councillor Abdul Jabbar outlines the importance of coming together to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint, the benefits of achieving net zero, and how Oldham Council are working to do just that.
 

Touching on the role that the public sector can play in sustainability, Cllr Jabbar said:
 

“I think it’s really important that the public sector gives true leadership in this space. I think something like one third of the carbon emissions in the country come from the public sector, so obviously we’re a big polluter in terms of the emissions.”
 

Councillor Jabbar also spoke about challenges being faced by organisations:
 

“I think the biggest one has been finance. Clearly the local government sector in particular has had its grants cut from central government by a huge amount and that’s had a very big impact in terms of our plans to take forward projects in relation to climate change, so that’s a major issue.”
 

To hear what Cllr Jabbar has to say about the mission to achieve net zero carbon emissions, listen to the latest episode of the Public Sector Executive Podcast.

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