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Local government and net zero

By the end of 2020, over 300 local authorities in the UK had declared climate emergencies in support of the UK government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Local authorities have a critical role to play in achieving local emissions reductions, including in the transport and housing sectors where the opportunities and challenges for decarbonisation will vary according to local circumstances. 

This study will build on our recent report on achieving net zero and examine how effectively central government and local government are working together on net zero. It will review whether central and local government are collaborating effectively to:

• understand and capitalise on local authorities’ potential to contribute to net-zero;

• share relevant good practice and lessons learned; and

• ensure local authorities have the right resources and skills to play their part.