CLIMATE RESPONSE

Local Partnerships already provides services in key climate response areas including energy efficiency, waste, housing, regeneration and growth, air quality, energy, finance, infrastructure, digital transformation and health and social care.

Our support to the public sector is focused on four key areas:

  • Carbon reduction
  • Adaptation
  • Resilience
  • Climate leadership

Key areas of support provided by Local Partnerships include:

  • Emissions reporting – review and report on scopes 1 & 2 emissions to standards required by legislation 
  • Emissions reporting – develop with the client their initial Scope 3 emissions approach, and make recommendations for both projects to reduce emmssions and developing improved reporting in future periods
  • Greenhouse gas baseline reporting and target mapping to net zero position
  • Advice on developing viable options and to reduce and offset emissions, including options appraisal
  • Adaptation strategy – review adequacy of existing plans and support in developing risk assessments and development of adaptive pathways
  • Resilience planning – test existing emergency planning functions for appropriate climate related emergencies
  • Identification of barriers to rapid change
  • Governance – test and report the fitness for purpose of existing governance arrangements for climate emergencies and associated decision making 
  • Asset review – identifying potential for other uses which could aid climate initiatives – this can extend to support in developing or acquiring new assets
  • Policy levers – this could include planning policy, HMO licencing, taxi licencing, etc.
  • Climate leadership advice – including advocacy and practical action plans

Proudly sponsoring The MJ Awards 2020: “Leadership in responding to the climate emergency” 

 

The climate emergency affects a wide range of service areas. Developing a response and taking critical steps on the trajectory to net zero carbon require leadership, policy development, bold financial and technical solutions, and adaptation.

This year, as part of our work to support local and combined authorities take practical steps to face the huge challenge of tackling the climate crisis, we have developed, and are sponsoring, The MJ Achievement Awards 2020 new category: “Leadership in responding to Climate Emergency”.

The award aims to promote climate leadership and is a great opportunity for local and combined authorities to demonstrate innovation across the areas of energyindustrybuildingstransportfood, and nature-based solutions for the delivery of their targets.

The judges are looking for the best initial response to a declaration of climate emergency. Applications can be submitted by any part of a local authority, or the whole local authority. Entries can include partnership initiatives with other agencies.

Applications are due to close very soon – deadline extended by a week to 7 February!

Emissions reporting and preparation of responses to climate emergency

Local Partnerships is currently working with a number of authorities to develop responses to declarations of climate emergency. We have been working with these authorities to determine their emissions baselines, plot forward trajectories and develop action plans for dealing with greenhouse gas reductions in order to become carbon neutral authorities.

Our recommendations span a wide range of measures from asset reviews to building energy efficiency, utility scale renewable energy generation schemes and air quality measures. We always challenge ambition and look to influence the wider area as well as the authority’s own emissions.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency

We support public sector bodies in the development and delivery of strategic regional carbon reduction plans (as part of City Deals and Regional Growth Plans), local renewable energy generation projects (such as wind and solar facilities) and improving the energy efficiency of their estates.

Projects include utility scale renewable energy generation assets (solar PV and wind), building energy efficiency programmes, street lighting programmes and district heating networks.

We can provide insights around grid connection availability and support clients with grid connection applications.

 

Retrofit

We work with public sector organisations outside London to deliver the National Re:fit Programme, an energy efficiency programme that guarantees substantial financial savings whilst improving the energy efficiency of assets. The Re:fit programme is a procurement initiative for public bodies wishing to implement energy efficiency and local energy generation measures to their buildings or their estate, with support to assist in the development and delivery of the schemes. These measures improve the energy performance of buildings. As a result, carbon emissions are reduced, and substantial guaranteed annual cost savings are achieved.

The framework provides a guaranteed 100% of the energy saving or generation (kWh) via a contractual agreement for the payback period of the project, this key feature is helping to remove risk of failure with new developments, plus protecting the client and their investment.

As part of the Re:fit Programme, Local Partnerships audits participants’ energy and carbon data, and helps them establish achievable targets and pathways to those targets. This includes projecting energy and carbon costs into the future and whole-life cycle costing modelling to help with the business case of the kind of large infrastructure projects that will be needed to achieve net-zero carbon targets.

Air quality initiatives

We have worked with Defra and the Department for Transport on the Joint Air Quality Unit’s (JAQU) national programme to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide – a particularly toxic pollutant – in 33 local authority areas. The primary source of nitrogen dioxide is road traffic and concentrations build up in urban areas with heavy road usage and congestion. We helped the affected local authorities develop plans to reduce the most polluting traffic, encouraging people to walk, cycle, take public transport and accelerate the uptake of cleaner forms of transport, such as electric vehicles.

We supported local authorities to develop these complex plans. We provided guidance in areas such as governance, risk management, project planning, finance and procurement. We helped a number of councils to develop outline business cases for their plans.

Waste initiatives

We support Defra to formulate and assess the impact of policies that have featured prominently in the government’s “Resources and Waste Strategy” that lays the foundation for plans to double resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste of all kinds (including plastic waste) by 2050.

Planning for a future climate

We work extensively in housing, housing infrastructure and renewable energy development, to ensure that schemes are all designed to the highest environmental standards and anticipate the changing nature of the climate in the area.

We have developed a range of strategic tools, covering infrastructure planning and delivery and housing market-making, through our work in other areas (particularly Greater Manchester and Greater Lincolnshire) which can be used to plan and deliver place-based economic and housing growth.

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Main Contact

Jo Wall

Strategic Director – Climate Response

 

Mobile: 07770 702 386
Email: jo.wall@local.gov.uk

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