MPs back stronger policy on renewable heating in homes

MPs support stronger government policy to scale up the installation of renewable heating technologies for new and existing homes.

Funding for projects to plant hundreds of thousands of trees

Hundreds of thousands of trees will be planted in communities across England thanks to funding through the Nature for Climate Fund.

Average litter rates on beaches dropping year on year

The Great British Beach Clean 2021 has reported that the average litter recorded per 100 metres is dropping year on year across the UK.

5,000 homes approved to be built in flood zones

More than 5,000 new homes in flood-risk areas of England have been granted planning permission so far this year.

UK’s EV revolution continues with new laws announced

New homes and buildings, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year.

Plans unveiled to ban single-use plastics

Single-use plastic plates, cutlery, expanded and extruded polystyrene cups and food and beverage containers could all be phased out.

Space for 1.3 million homes is being ignored

Brownfield land in England could potentially accommodate over 1.3 million new homes – an increase of almost 10 per cent on 2020.

11 UK cities make global leaders list on climate action

Nearly 100 cities have been named as leaders in environmental action and transparency in 2021 by CDP, with 11 UK cities making the list.

£50 million for warmer, greener homes in Scotland

An additional £18 million will be available this year to help householders in Scotland install energy efficient measures and reduce their heating bills.

Oxford City Council publishes Urban Forest Strategy

Oxford City Council has published its strategy for how it aims to protect, manage and enhance the trees and hedgerows in the city.

Nearly 700,000 green jobs created by 2030

The LGA has said that nearly 700,000 new green jobs could be created by 2030 if councils are given a greater role in local job creation.

EarthCheck Benchmarked Community status for Glasgow

Glasgow City Council is celebrating the city being awarded the EarthCheck Benchmarked Community status.

12-year electric vehicle strategy for Birmingham

3,000 electric vehicle charge-points will be rolled-out across Birmingham to reduce city emissions by 50 per cent in 2030, compared to 2020 levels.

Net zero at centre of Scottish planning proposals

Planning applications will have to show how they help meet Scotland’s ambitious targets to cut emissions to net zero by 2045 to get approval.

Councils trusted most to tackle climate change

A new poll has found that local councils are trusted the most to take action on climate change and make a difference in local areas.


Event Diary

The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

digitech21 will seek to demystify the increasingly complex technology landscape and will showcase a host of public sector best practice case studies and the very best solution providers, each of whom are helping organisations to transform and improve the way in which the public sector delivers services to the citizen.

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