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This page aims to keep you up to date with the latest news related to Carbon net-zero targets, alongside useful links and resources.

LGA Updates

Council Climate Plan Scorecards launched

This week, Climate Emergency UK, a sector-led organisation established in 2019 to track and record councils’ climate change commitments, has launched its Council Climate Plan Scorecards which assess all of UK councils’ publicly available climate action plans and strategies. The findings for councils are varied and found that more than one in five councils in the UK have no climate action plan. In our response we reiterated that councils have a fundamental role to play in tackling climate change but can only reach net zero by being properly empowered.


Trees Call to Action Fund   

You can apply for tree-planting grants from a new £6 million Trees Call to Action Fund recently announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), in partnership with the Forestry Commission. Grants of £250,000 to £500,000 will be awarded to projects across England, at least three of which will be used for new regional partnerships set up to create woodlands and improve people’s access to nature. 

Business Climate Leaders toolkit

BEIS has produced a toolkit for small and medium sized businesses to support the Business Climate Leaders campaign, which councils are encouraged to share with businesses in their communities. The campaign is part of the Government’s Together For Our Planet campaign, encouraging everyone to cut carbon emissions and help the UK get to net zero by 2050.

LGA Updates - July 2021

Greenhouse gas accounting tool update

The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool, developed by Local Partnerships and the LGA, provides a consistent approach for councils seeking to calculate their own carbon baseline and has been updated to incorporate Scope Three council emissions reporting and also a revised set of carbon intensity factors. The tool, which is freely available for all councils in England, produces summary tables and charts to help councils understand their most significant sources of emissions, which can then be used to prioritise actions to reduce carbon emissions. Councils are also able to benchmark their emissions with others on LG Inform.

Climate change projects with France

The Government is sponsoring a call for joint projects between UK and French councils which support local actions to address climate change. Successful bids will receive funding of up to £15,000, to be used, for example, to support business forums or meetings to exchange best practice, to help launch a longer-term project, or to support youth or local communities’ training on environmental issues. The deadline for proposals is 20 September. 

Delivering low-carbon infrastructure

We will be hosting a webinar on Thursday 29 July – from 10.30am to 12 pm – to explore how an effective partnership between councils, government, industry and communities is essential to delivering on our net zero ambitions. It will examine how such a partnership can maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits of a local approach to delivery low carbon infrastructure and projects.

Electric vehicle charging

The LGA has today published a report on the role of local authorities in the provision of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, especially for places without off-street parking. The research has been done by Local Partnerships, and findings show how councils are being hampered by insufficient central government clarity and support, funding uncertainty and uncertainty around technology and commercial viability. We will use this to help shape our work with government on its Office for Zero Emissions Vehicle strategy on EV charging. 

The Competition Markets Authority (CMA) has set out measures to ensure a national network of electric vehicle chargepoints is in place ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. It has suggested that the roll-out of on-street charging by councils is not happening quickly enough and rural areas risk being left behind with too few chargepoints. 


The Government has not provided local authorities with clarity about their roles in achieving net zero by 2050, according to the National Audit Office. Its latest report finds 9 in 10 councils have adopted at least one commitment to decarbonise their activities, or their local area. Yet, despite local authorities providing a range of services that have an impact on government’s ambitions, it has not set out a clear sense of responsibilities and priorities for councils, who said they are finding it hard to engage with central government on the net-zero agenda. 

Councils are uniquely placed to shape their local areas and translate national climate ambitions into transformative action on the ground. As we said in our media response, net zero can only be achieved if decarbonisation happens in every place, community and household. Long-term funding for councils would mean they can properly plan ahead on the needs of their local communities. 

COP26 toolkit 

The COP26 Unit has launched an online toolkit for local authorities and mayors, as well as businesses and schools containing information and opportunities to get involved. It includes participation ideas, social media posts, information about Together for our Planet campaign and a calendar of events on the road to COP26. 

Green jobs   

The Independent Green Jobs Taskforce, convened in November 2020, has published its findings and 15 recommendations on how the government, industry and skills sector can best deliver the green jobs and skills of the future. The taskforce, made up of members from industry, trade unions and the skills sector, calls for more to be done to promote good green jobs, skills and competitive supply chains and ensure green careers advice and pathways into good green jobs.  

The Government’s Skills Bootcamp training programmes will be expanded across the country, offering an extra 16,000 fully funded places for adults to upskill or retrain, the Department for Education has announced. The expansion will covers a range of digital and technical training including in green skills, such as solar energy installation, sustainable agriculture, nuclear energy, and green transport. 

A councillor's workbook on the local pathway to net zero

A workbook from the LGA designed as a distance learning aide for local councillors.

LGA climate change hub

A link to the LGA Climate Change hub.

Greenhouse gas accounting tool

Provides a consistent approach for councils seeking to calculate their carbon baseline.


Local government, climate change and the environment

Key guidance and information for councils on topics related to climate change, net zero and the environment.

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