Short-term competitive funding for local authorities is hampering clean air action across the UK, local leaders told MPs at an Environmental Audit Committee hearing on outdoor and indoor air quality targets on Wednesday, 6 September.
The recent High Court ruling on London's clean air zone (ULEZ) marks a significant point in our collective journey towards cleaner air. The decision, which dismissed a challenge to the legality of The Mayor of London's decision to expand the scheme next month, reaffirms the importance of local decision-making and maintaining commitment to the fight against air pollution.
In June 2023, UK100, acting as the secretariat for the APPG on Sustainable Finance, convened a policy roundtable in the House of Lords. This gathering brought together private finance experts, local leaders, and parliamentarians to discuss de-risking local climate finance. The discussion highlighted key opportunities and challenges for local authorities seeking investment for Net Zero projects. Below are some of the top takeaways for council leaders.
UK100 welcomes the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) new report, “Progress in reducing emissions 2023 Report to Parliament”. The report underscores the pivotal role local authorities play in the transition to Net Zero, mirroring UK100’s recent “Powers in Place: The handbook of local authority Net Zero powers” report.
Local authorities face “Kafkaesque” barriers to achieving Net Zero goals, reveals a comprehensive new UK100 report. Powers in Place calls for a new Net Zero Local Powers Bill and Net Zero Delivery Framework. The report is released as UK100 joins Chris Skidmore MP’s Local Mission Zero Network and announces plans to work together to drive forward policy solutions to overcome the barriers to local Net Zero.