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City Energy: A new powerhouse for Britain

October 7, 2014

This report by the IPPR encourages cities to engage in the energy supply market directly- by stimulating local distributed energy generation, and to invest in low-carbon infrastructure through, especially, their pension funds. It argues that the current energy market model is failing and local authorities can create new revenue streams…


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Climate Change 2014 : Mitigation

June 3, 2014

* This briefing is the second of two looking at the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. * It summarises its latest report which assesses the most up-to-date scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social evidence, from across the world, on the mitigation of climate change. * The findings…


Air, wind, environment, climate

Climate Change 2014 : Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

May 27, 2014

* This briefing is the first of two looking at the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. * It summarises two recent reports which assess the most up-to-date scientific and socio-economic evidence, from across the world, on climate change and its impacts. *The reports confirm the IPCC’s previous…


Air, wind, environment, climate

Climate Change and Social Justice: A Review

May 14, 2014

* The review is part of a series by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (written by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) ) which aims to analyse the social justice implications of climate change in the UK. Using a rapid research assessment method to analyse literature, it also makes recommendations related…


The first Community Energy Strategy: opportunities for local authorities

February 13, 2014

* The Community Energy (CE) strategy provides a framework for support to increase the role of community groups in the distribution, production and saving of energy; with the aim of contributing to national carbon reduction targets, energy efficiency, local resilience, reductions in fuel poverty and localism. * It has been…


Draft Deregulation Bill – what next?

July 26, 2013

The Draft Deregulation Bill is intended to “free thousands of businesses from red tape and make life easier for individuals and civil society”. It introduces some potentially controversial new measures, in addition to repealing legislation introduced by the Labour government as part of its own localism programme, and tidying up…



Floods, flooding

C’llr Awards 2013: Sustainability Champion of the Year

November 29, 2012 by Marian Ogun

Many people focus on the importance of addressing climate change and sustainability on the global stage. However, severe flooding and storms in parts of the UK this week highlight how significant it is to also tackle environmental concerns at the local level. According to estimates by PWC, the total costs…


A guide to financing energy efficiency in the public sector

November 27, 2012

* On 12 November 2012 the government released a new national energy efficiency strategy. At the same time the government published a guide to financing energy efficiency measures in the public sector, as well as additional evidence explaining domestic energy use patterns. This additional guidance is the focus of this…


Local Authority funds competition (DECC)

October 25, 2012

* The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched 3 funds for local authorities to a) tackle fuel poverty, b) launch green deal activities, and c) encourage collective fuel bill switching among citizens. * The total funds of £40m are available to applications from upper and lower tier…


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