Climate change

Alongside the majority of councils, we have declared a climate emergency. Collectively councils are taking action to reduce carbon emissions and working with partners and local communities to tackle climate change in their areas.

Climate change hub
Climate change survey: we are conducting a survey of English councils to understand the actions they are taking to address climate change, as well as to identify any policy changes we should be campaigning for to support councils in this work. Please email James Harman at for your authority’s unique link to take part in this survey.

Across the country, councils are taking urgent actions in their local areas to combat the negative impacts of climate change and to deliver zero net carbon by 2030. Examples of this work can be found on our climate change case studies hub.

We are committed to supporting councils to continue to do so in the best way possible, and in this hub we are bringing together an overview of our support offer, information on upcoming events as well as relevant publications and best practice case studies.

You can read more about our commitment to sustainability and climate action in our business plan for 2019-2022

If you are doing something innovative that you'd like to share, or your work has had a particular impact locally please submit a case study via our case studies portal.

LGA's climate change support offer

As part of our sector-led improvement work, the LGA offers a wide range of support to help councils address the issues of climate change and environmental sustainability. The aim of the programme is to enable councils and residents to reach their local carbon reduction targets to adapt, prevent the onset, and mitigate the effects, of climate change. Support for councils includes:

We are very interested in councils’ ideas about other types of support they require in this work and will be engaging with our members early in 2020 to develop an enhanced offer of support. If you want to get involved or have ideas, please get in touch by  emailing