Topic: Sustainability and Environmental issues

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Low Emission Zones – how low can you go?

1 Jul 2019 in Briefings

With the launch of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, this briefing highlights what is happening in Scotland to improve air quality and looks at one tool local government can use in the fight to reduce vehicle emissions – Low Emission Zones (LEZs).



Better Delivery: The challenge for freight

26 Jun 2019 in Briefings

The National Infrastructure Commission has reported to government on how to ensure the operation of an efficient, low carbon freight system that manages its impact on congestion. Its final report addresses a range of issues including decarbonising the freight sector and the recognition of freight’s role in the planning system.


BEIS Committee Report: Sector Deals

21 May 2019 in Briefings

The BEIS Committee’s report on industrial strategy addresses the processes of securing sector deals and what has been achieved or agreed through them so far. The process has tended to favour sectors that have already received significant state funding and ignoring the challenge of the ‘long tail’ of low productivity.



Adaptation actions in cities: what works?

9 May 2019 in Briefings

Climate change adaptation is an issue of increasing urgency. AECOM’s report for Defra compiled and analysed case studies in five cities to answer how we can evaluate the impact on climate risk of adaptation actions and what characteristics of successful actions or projects may be transferable to other projects.


Monitoring and Evaluation of local climate change adaptation

24 Apr 2019 in Briefings

Global temperatures have already increased by 1.0°C compared to pre-industrial levels. Adaptation is becoming increasingly important, but most local authorities do not have comprehensive adaptation plans in place. Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation is a useful tool to demonstrate progress, communicate with stakeholders, motivate internal stakeholders and increase funding allocations.


High streets and town centres in 2030

14 Mar 2019 in Briefings

2018 was a tough year for retailers, with household names going into administration or announcing major restructuring and store closures. The HCLG committee concludes they are on the brink, yet with the right strategic leadership they can thrive in the future. Local authorities should be at the heart of this.