Overview

Climate change is an escalating public priority, with Ipsos claiming that 8 out of 10 Britons are concerned about its impact. Recognising the urgency and magnitude of this issue, over 300 local councils have declared a climate emergency. Local authority practice can shape emission and net zero targets through employing strategies such as adapting transport policies, decarbonising local buildings and exploring sustainable procurement options. Through strategic policies and partnerships, local councils can have an influence on over more than a third of emissions in their respective areas. This highlights the need for local authorities to take action and maximise their impact in reducing emissions and achieving net zero targets.

  • 1/5th of UK local councils have not published plans to tackle climate change, despite most having declared a climate emergency, according to Climate Emergency UK
  • The same research shows that local authorities can help to deliver 30% of the cuts in carbon emissions needed to get to net zero
  • The Local Government Association (LGA) have estimated that 700,000 green jobs could be created within the next decade
  • Local climate action could save £140 billion for the UK taxpayers (LGA)

Join us at the Local Government Climate Action Conference 2024 to hear the latest updates and practical strategies for delivering best practice local climate action from environmental experts across local government. You will hear a variety of case studies showcasing a range of key topics including creating a circular economy, engaging with communities to cut local emissions and facilitating retrofit activity. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across local government to share and address common challenges in engaging with the community to achieve net-zero targets.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes from leading climate experts on achieving net zero targets on a local level
✓ Successful case studies demonstrating a range of strategies for driving green aims within the community
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across local government
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)

 

Agenda
  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Dr Theresa Mercer, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sustainability, Cranfield Environment Centre (invited)

  • Keynote: Outlining the Role of Local Authorities in Tackling Climate Change

    • Practical steps and national guidance for achieving local net zero targets
    • Guidance on reporting on progress on local net zero targets to enhance accountability
    • Key updates on commitments made to simplify and consolidate the number of local net zero funding streams
    • Outlining effective ways councils can attract staff with the skills to meet  climate and net zero targets

    Siobhan Jones, Director of Local Government & Communities, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (invited)

  • Keynote: Financing Local Authority Climate Ambitions: Maximising Funding and Grant Support

    • Insights into new funding sources: an updated overview of the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) and Green Finance Strategy
    • Practical guidance on factors to consider when increasing investment into green projects
    • Advice on measuring the environmental impact of projects and benchmarking against targets
    • Recommendations on how councils can build a business case to secure funding and buy-in

    Jo Wall, Senior Strategy Director, Local Partnerships (invited)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Question and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Using Technology to Gather Data and Encourage Local Residents to Reduce Carbon Footprints

    • Developing innovative apps to allow users to keep track of their progress reducing carbon footprints
    • Strategies for incentivising positive environmental action through rewards and prizes
    • Advice on creating a platform that gives residents the opportunity to share tips on reducing emissions with others
    • Addressing previous failures on the app through maintain a constant dialogue with residents and businesses who use the app
    • Partnering with stakeholders to increase awareness of the app through various communication channels

     Cllr Peter Schwier, Deputy Cabinet Member to the Leader/Climate Csar, Essex County Council (invited)

  • Case Study: Best Practice for Establishing a Circular Economy in Local Authorities

    • Working in partnership to create a recycling scheme which is tailored to the needs of residents
    • Launching of engaging and disruptive communications to foster community engagement
    • Developing a food waste service: providing easy and accessible ways for residents to dispose of food
    • Tips for facilitating regular collection services for clothing and small electricals

     Cassidy Travis, Head of Climate Change and Sustainability, Lambeth Council (invited)

  • Case Study: Building A Roadmap to Deliver the Skills and Jobs Needed to Address the Climate Emergency

    • Supporting education and training providers to build a curriculum that responds effectively to the needs of businesses transitioning to net-zero
    • Advice on improving access to information on green career pathways and job opportunities for young people and adults
    • Developing a Green Jobs Gateway to promote local green job vacancies
    • Engaging local businesses to attract, develop and retain talent for green jobs

    Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Combined Authority (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Case Study: Delivering A Green Revolution Through a Local Transport Plan

    • Implementing multi-agency working to deliver a green revolution through local transport innovation
    • Strategies to develop local electric vehicle infrastructure that provides scaled and commercially sustainable public charging provisions
    • Initiating framework to ensure that air quality is improved across the region
    • Delivering a tool that places enhancing the natural environment at the heart of transport measures

    Anne Shaw, Executive Director, Transport for West Midlands (invited)

  • Case Study: Working in Partnership to Cut Local Emissions and Improve Air Quality

    • Developing relationships with local health trusts to drive a reduction in emissions and pollution levels
    • Tips to mitigate public opposition and ensure there is wide buy-in through co-designing policies
    • Recommendations on adapting policy to maximise public health benefit while minimising cost
    • Community engagement: sharing and traditional contemporary methods to gauge public opinion

    Chris Page, Climate Change Director, Southwark Borough Council (invited)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Developing Strategies and Solutions to Achieve Net Zero

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face when striving to move to a circular economy. This will allow you to share your experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Facilitating Retrofit Activity to Decarbonise Local Buildings

    • Training council staff of the implications of domestic retrofit to improve knowledge of its core technical principles
    • Upskilling new entrants to the retrofit market through multi-trade skills apprenticeships to improve supply chain readiness
    • Implementing a framework to accelerate the delivery of retrofit for low income residents living in energy inefficient homes
    • Tips on accelerating the uptake of decarbonisation measures by Able to Pay homeowners

    Ben Boswell, Head of Environment, Climate Emergency & Waste, Herefordshire Council (invited)

  • Case Study: Embedding Sustainability into Procurement Decisions and Processes

    • Designing a toolkit to ensure sustainability is considered from the start of all projects
    • Creating a Green Network of officers to increase awareness of sustainable procurement practices throughout the council
    • Collecting data on the procurement process to inform and evaluate areas for improvement
    • Strategies for identifying suppliers with highest carbon emissions

    Wayne Welsby, Professional Lead- Procurement & Commercial Services, Powys County Council (invited)

     

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in the local government looking to improve their climate and net-zero efforts.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

Sponsorship

We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the Education Sector
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:


Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email Sponsorship@GovernmentEvents.co.uk

Pricing
  • Public Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £649.00+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of exclusive case study focused videos and articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ new uploads each month