Monday 26th November, 16:00 - 17:30 
Committee Room 17, House of Commons

On 26th November 2008 the Climate Change Act was passed into UK law. To mark the 10th anniversary of the Act, PRASEG, together with the All Party Group for Intelligent Energy hoted a celebratory event, to explore how communities and local authorities can contribute towards the next phase of action as the UK sets itself on a 1.5 Degrees pathway.

In 2012, a study by the CCC highlighted that there was “no requirement for local authorities to take action on climate change”. The CCC highlighted, in particular, that local authorities can cut carbon emissions (apart from their own estates and operations) in buildings, sustainable transport and waste, which, in total, represent 40% of total UK emissions. In addition, local authorities have multiple responsibilities relating to adapting to climate change, both directly (e.g. in environmental terms and through planning) and indirectly (e.g. in terms of increased demand on local authority services).

Since the 2012 CCC report, local authority action on climate change has arguably diminished and councils are finding it increasingly difficult to dedicate resources amidst budgetary pressures and funding cuts. On the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act, this event provided a forum for reigniting discussion about the role and responsibility of local government in tackling climate change and the potential opportunities this could create.

Chaired by PRASEG Executive Director, David Green, the discussions touched on:

  • The potential for new technologies to unlock new services and revenue opportunities
  • Planning policy as a means for reducing emissions
  • The concept of local carbon budgets 
  • Public procurement strategies as a mechanism for driving down embedded emissions

The speakers at the event were:

  • James Heappey MP - PRASEG Chairman
  • Chris Stark – Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
  • Councillor Nick Kemp – Cabinet Member for the Environment, Newcastle City Council
  • Liz Hutchins – Director of Campaigns, Friends of the Earth
  • Mark Knowles – Head of Low Carbon Economy, Liverpool City Region LEP

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