Government’s Environment Act becomes law

Legislation that will protect and enhance the environment for future generations has now passed into UK law.

Greater investment in buses needed to meet net zero

Investment in bus services is urgently needed if councils are to help the UK work towards its net zero goal by 2050 or earlier.

Areas at risk of economic disruption due to net zero goals

New research has identified the top 74 areas in Great Britain at risk of economic disruption from the transition to net zero.

Bristol secures £42m of government funding for CAZ

A Clean Air Zone will launch next summer enabling Bristol to meet clean air targets in 2023, with £42 million of government funding.

Greater Manchester to deliver carbon neutral transport network

Greater Manchester has set out a new ambition to become the first city-region to deliver a carbon neutral transport network.

Scotland announces free bus travel for under 22s

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that all under 22s in Scotland will have access to free bus travel from 31 January 2022.

Chasm in EV chargers between rural areas and cities

New analysis shows chasm in electric vehicle chargers between rural areas and cities – with London having more than England’s counties combined.

Government announced new Climate Award for students

Children and young people will soon be able to undertake a new Climate Award in recognition for their work to improve their environment.

Devon outlines ‘green makeover’ for council buildings

A £3.3 million ‘retrofit’ scheme from Devon County Council will cut carbon emissions and reduce energy use in several key buildings.

Government urged to deliver on shift to cycling

Over 100 million car and taxi trips made in city regions each year could instead be on e-bikes if the government is able to deliver its target for mode shift to cycling.

Extra funding to expand woodlands and protect trees

Efforts to plant trees and improve access to nature across the country is to take another step forward with a new £6 million ‘Trees Call to Action Fund’.

Third of country’s flood defences in private hands

A third of England’s most important flood defences are in private hands, with some at risk of ‘complete performance failure’.

2050 Net Zero target unlikely without council engagement

The UK will struggle to reach the net zero target by 2050 unless Government steps up efforts to work together with local councils on climate action.

Decade of action needed to tackle climate crisis in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford has called for a ‘decade of action’ to tackle the climate change crisis in Wales.

Wales sets out EV Charing Action Plan

The EV Charging Action Plan outlines how the Welsh Government will deliver a EV charging point facility for every 20 miles across Wales by 2025.

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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.

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