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Towards net-zero in local government - policy, practices, support, and services

December 2021


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference will examine priorities for decarbonising local government services and their role in meeting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2050.


This is a timely opportunity to consider issues for local government in the context of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, which highlights the human causes of climate change and the implications of the now almost inevitable 1.5°C rise in global temperatures above pre-industrial levels - as well as developments from the COP26 climate summit and individual declarations of a climate emergency by more than 300 local administrations.


Delegates will consider the role of local governments and authorities in working towards regional requirements for combatting climate change while also contributing to wider ambitions to achieve net-zero emissions. Discussion will also focus on how best to ensure that regional needs and priorities are heard at a national level to secure adequate support for preparing for the impact of climate change.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from core stakeholders, including:


  • the evolving role of local authorities in emissions reduction and creating sustainable local plans - with Steve Read, Chair, ADEPT Environment Board; and Director of Environment and Public Protection, West Sussex County Council
  • Local government and net zero in England - taking forward the NAO report - with Keith Davis, Director, Defra Value for Money, National Audit Office
  • delivering decarbonising mechanisms and creating the framework for long-term change - with Simon Sturgis, Founder, Targeting Zero; former Chair, RIBA Sustainable Futures Group; and Chair, Whole Life Carbon Network

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DfT; the MoJ; the Office for Product Safety and Standards; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles