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Overcoming Challenges to Design Affordable and Sustainable Social Housing

The Government’s Future Homes and Building Regulations Standard requires all houses built from 2025 to produce 75-80% less carbon emissions than homes delivered under current regulations. We heard from Karen Lythe, Assistant Director of Strategic Housing, and Matthew Clarkson, Design and Construction Services Manager at Doncaster Council about overcoming challenges to deliver the council’s House Build Programme in line with the Future Homes Standard.

Generating Community Support for Sustainable Housing Projects

The UK Government has set the target of achieving net zero by 2050 and the social housing sector will play a key role in meeting this goal. We heard from James Caspell, Neighbourhood Director (Lancaster West and Grenfell Housing Services), at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, about improving engagement with the local community to gain their support for sustainable housing projects.

In Conversation: Becoming a Net-Zero University, Turning Ambitions into Reality

In recent years higher education providers have made efforts to improve sustainability; most UK universities now have sustainability pledges. The University of Nottingham is at the forefront of this movement, with carbon reduction targets in place across all its campuses. We spoke to Andy Nolan, the Director of Sustainability and Development at the University of Nottingham about turning these ambitions into reality.

Local Government Climate Action: Declaring a Climate Emergency and Practical Next Steps for Local Authorities

300 councils in the UK have now declared a climate emergency, but only 100 have climate action plans. We heard from Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence, about the value in climate action plans and the priorities that should be set in them.

Local Government Climate Action: Improving the Delivery of Decarbonised Transport and Infrastructure

With a national move toward electric vehicles inevitable, local authorities are beginning to prepare. We heard from Joe Baker, Head of Service at Haringey Council about their strategy to implement charging infrastructure and public electric fleets.

How Can Local Authorities Work Towards Green Recovery?

Leaders within local authorities must play their part in tackling climate change. This report acts a guide for local authorities, sharing advice on best practice and practical steps to combat climate change. Themes covered include: electric vehicles, town planning, biodiversity and much more.

The Role of Local Government in Housing Retrofit Programmes

To meet net-zero targets we need to retrofit almost all of the 29 million homes in the UK by 2050 to increase their energy efficiency. Local councils need effective retrofit strategies to help meet these targets. Joanne Wheeler, Senior Manager of Local Policy and Retrofit at UK Green Building Council had some useful insight into what makes a good strategy and how Local Government can play a role in retrofit.

Developing an Effective Climate Action Plan in Local Government

Local Authorities are responsible for generating climate action plans to promote sustainability and carbon neutrality in their areas. Paul O'Brien Chief Executive at APSE discussed how to declare a climate emergency, and suggested a route for local authorities to follow when planning for green regeneration.

Clean Air Villages: Engaging with Businesses and Communities

The Cross River Partnership (CRP) strive to make London a more sustainable and healthier place to live and work. This case study examines the CRP’s Clean Air Villages Project and the techniques they have used to encourage encouraging businesses and communities to switch to low-emission solutions.

Improving Community Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Ahead of the Governments promise to stop the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2030, Haringey Borough Council have began restructuring the borough in preparation for the eventual transition to electric. This case study outlines their strategy.

Public Sector Estates: Redeveloping and Releasing Surplus Land to Generate Income

LocatED find, buy, and manage sites for new schools whilst working with commercial developers to repurpose surplus land. Lara Newman presented the work of LocatED, sharing the benefits of repurposing surplus land through presenting the recent development projects of LocatED.

Public Sector Estates: Developing a Commercial Approach to Estate Management

Nottingham University has one of the largest estates in the education sector and effective management of the institution requires careful planning, Linda Goodacre discussed the strategy of the university, outlining their priorities, as well as offering tips for the planning of future funding opportunities.

Public Sector Estates: Meeting Net Zero through Strategic Estate Management

The UK Government has a target to achieve at least 50% reduction in carbon emissions across the public sector estate by 2032. Christine St John Cox and Stuart Burrows offered insights into the decarbonisation of the public sector estate and how this mission aligns with new forms of estate management.

How London is Leading the way with Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Electric vehicle infrastructure is dominating conversations surrounding urban town planning. London is currently leading the way in the UK, but how is the City preparing for the expected explosionve growth in EV usage in the next ten years?

Managing the Public Sector Estate: Adapting Estates to Meet Net Zero

Tackling zero carbon and the maintenance issues together will yield financial benefits as well as helping achieve net-zero by 2050. In this article we’ll be looking at how the Government Property Function (GPF) and Modern Energy Partners (MEP) have been working together to achieve net zero.

Decarbonising Transport and Infrastructure: The Role of Data in Decarbonising Infrastructure Assets

Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, University of Cambridge spoke about the role of data in decarbonising infrastructure at The Decarbonising Transport and Infrastructure Conference, 2020.

Decarbonising Transport and Infrastructure: Transforming Transport Systems Through A Devolved Delivery Plan

Simon Warburton, Transport Strategy Director at Transport for Greater Manchester, spoke about the benefits of devolved transport deliver at The Decarbonising Transport and Infrastructure Conference, 2020.

Interview: Methods for Taking Climate Action at a Local Level

We spoke to Susan Halliwell, Co-Chair of ADEPT’s South East Network, about the steps ADEPT are taking to help local authorities take climate action.

Green Spaces: Protecting Against Climate Change and Enhancing Communities

What we can learn from Bristol's plan to double their tree canopy.

The Role of Local Authorities in Achieving Net Zero

300 out of 404 District, County, Unitary & Metropolitan Councils have declared a Climate Emergency [4]. In doing so, a local authority is acknowledging it ‘needs to act on the causes and impacts of climate change’. There are many changes local authorities can take to begin steps towards net zero,
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