Member ResourcesCarbon net-zero resources

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

 

Net-zero   

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. 

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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.

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LGA climate change hub

A link to the LGA Climate Change hub.

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