Over 300 councils in the UK have now declared a climate emergency. Only 100 of these have climate action plans. The public is very much in favour of climate action plans that are led by their local authorities.

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) is a not-for-profit that works with over 300 councils across the UK. APSE hosts a network for public service providers, sharing information and expertise.

APSE run an annual opinion poll to look at the public’s views of frontline public services, as well as major public policy issues. They found that over the last couple of years there has been a huge rise in the public consciousness of climate as an issue.

The network shares ideas in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing, and building maintenance.

Paul O’Brien is Chief Executive of APSE. Paul has commissioned and contributed to over 100 APSE research publications on topics as diverse as housing, energy, finance, scrutiny, commercialisation and devolution.

In this session from the Local Government Climate Action Conference 2021, Paul discussed the impact of climate change and the motivations for local authorities to declare climate emergencies. He also outlined targets set by APSE for local authorities to consider when developing their own Climate Action Plans.

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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.

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