How can local authorities engage work with partners to develop a pipeline of investable projects in their area? How can investors make best use of the enormous opportunities that exist? Where and how will local authorities access the advice and support they need?
Throughout 2019, we will be holding workshops across the country to bring together local councils, developers and investors, energy generators, regulators and operators to answer these questions, understand local practice, the barriers to investment and how they can be overcome. We will be announcing locations and dates soon. If you’re interested to take part please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This programme – supported by BEIS, and run by UK100 and the Leeds Climate Commission – aims to accelerate the development of a pipeline of investor-ready clean energy projects. Local authority frontrunners have generated ideas, developed business models and secured finance for innovative low-carbon projects around the UK. They show that it can be done, and there’s much to learn from them. We have gathered their experiences here.
The ambition of local leaders to facilitate the transition to clean energy is high. But that ambition is stymied by a lack of capacity and capability when it comes to turning that ambition into reality. UK100 teamed up with policy experts, local leaders, developers and financiers to explore ways to solve this problem. Our answer – develop Clean Energy Action Partnerships, so that national government can build an industrial strategy with local leaders, focussed on place.
You can read the full report here:
This Valentines, UK100 is calling on politicians to put a stop to dirty air by signing up to new powers and funding for local leaders.
Our major 14th February Clean Air Summit will be attended by London Mayor Sadiq Khan as well as mayors and council leaders from across England. They are due to be joined by Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP, Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP, and the Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens.
We’re calling for new legislation and funding to provide powers to elected mayors and local councils to tackle air pollution in a new Clean Air Act, planned for later in the year. Recommendations could include the creation of local clean air zones where the most polluting vehicles will be fined for entering which are being planned in London and Manchester.
Read more about clean air through the below stories:
Clean Air Ambitions
Diesel Scrappage Fund
Air Pollution Surrounding GP Surgeries
National Summit Clean Air Asks and Priorities
Outcomes and achievements from the National Clean Air Summit can be reviewed further through the slides below.
We all have the right to clean air, yet millions of people across the UK are breathing toxic air on a daily basis. A recent report found that outdoor air pollution is linked to 40,000 deaths in the UK each year, and health experts warn that there is no safe level for pollutants. Toxic air affects every one of us, from the time that we are in the womb and through to old age, though some are more vulnerable, including those on the lowest incomes.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, reflects on the work the authority is doing to tackle a national public health crisis on a local level
Turn on the tap at home or in your workplace and you can be sure that what comes out will be safe to drink. We take clean drinking water for granted – though so many others around the world can’t -because we view it as a basic human right rather than a privilege.
Solar PV funding from Salix Finance
Salix Finance is a non-profit, government-funded organisation which provides interest-free funding to the public sector to improve their energy efficiency. Salix funds over 100 energy efficient and low carbon technologies in the form of a loan, paid back through energy savings.
On National Clean Air Day 2018, UK100 gathered local leaders together with metro mayors to deliver a call to the Government to do more to help them tackle dirty air in towns and cities across the country. We also took the time to celebrate the innovative work the UK100 network is doing locally to reduce emissions, bring communities together and get more people out of their cars and onto their bikes or their feet.”
Local power drives change – why councils hold the keys to the electric car revolution
Illegal and toxic air pollution is hurting people’s health, damaging their quality of life, and cutting lives short, and as a result it’s rocketing up the political agenda. As a medieval city with 21st century transport problems, Oxford has a problem with traffic-related air pollution that’s leading my council to take radical steps. Our determination to protect the health of our neighbourhoods can never succeed unless we truly clean up transport. Together with other councils, Oxford is campaigning for new money and powers from Government but also refusing to wait indefinitely for national change. Oxford’s ambition is simple—to introduce the world’s first Zero Emission Zone into our city centre.
All around us people are making smarter, cleaner decisions about how they use and generate energy. From installing electric vehicle charging points to solar arrays on the top of shopping centres, our country is gradually weaning itself of fossil fuels.
But some of this is invisible and many small efforts can be hidden. So UK100 is supporting local leaders in our network to map their progress to 100% clean energy across all their functions, from recycling to planning policy. Their role is also to enable bold action from residents and businesses, and essential if we are to meet the challenge of the science. The local council, the community and businesses – we can all show our actions and demonstrate how we are working to achieve the same goal, a country no longer dependent on dirty energy.
The Local Power Map is an online tool that can show the impact of clean energy actions in your local authority area. From EV car clubs, cleaner buses and taxis, to district heating, hydro projects and energy efficiency measures in cold homes, our efforts all add up.
Clean energy is not just good for the planet; it can save us money, generate income, create jobs and growth and promote health and wellbeing.
Mapping progress will help leaders make the right decisions and all of us to reach our goal.
See a pilot of the map here
Apply to be part of it here
16 Mayors, Metro Mayors and City Leaders call on Philip Hammond to make a cash injection into the Clean Air Fund as part of next week’s Budget
- Leaders say £220m Clean Air Fund is ‘inadequate’ to fight ‘public health crisis’
- A new £1.75bn Clean Air Fund would represent 0.2% of government spending
- Joint letter also calls for a national targeted vehicle renewal scheme that prioritises the least well-off and small businesses to rid roads of the most polluting vehicles