We produce a briefing for Conservative councillors, providing the key facts, figures and information to respond to climate change and nature loss in your local community. Find our latest briefings below:
This is a toolkit on running a campaign to achieve official “Bathing Water Status” for a stretch of water in your local area.
This is a briefing on improving public transport locally to cut carbon and help people get around. It will also reduce air pollution, road congestion, and enable people who cannot drive to travel more easily.
There are lots of resources available to support local reuse initiatives: Reuse spans all manner of different products and industries, from nappies to electrical goods, meaning there are lots of ways for councils to get involved.
Electric vehicle infrastructure
Local authorities are well-positioned to help speed up the transition to electric vehicles by facilitating the rollout of infrastructure.
ENERGY FROM WASTE
Local authorities should only use ‘energy from waste’ when waste is unavoidable and cannot be reused, recycled or composted.
Small business participation will be crucial to hitting our 2050 net zero target. Councils are well-placed to help SMEs learn how to measure, report, and cut their emissions.
From partnering with local businesses and neighbouring councils, to making sure bins are accessible and easy to use, there are lots of ways for local councillors to improve their recycling rates beyond the requirements in the Environment Act.
Tackling air pollution has significant economic, health and community benefits. This briefing outlines sources and types of air pollution and what councillors can do to reduce it.
Litter and fly-tipping
There are lots of resources available to support you to reduce littering and fly-tipping locally: From investing in more "binfrastructure" to running local campaigns to raise awareness and change behaviour.
Community energy can shield your residents from volatile fossil fuel markets and help councils to get to net zero in the most cost-efficient way possible.
From sharing tips with local businesses and residents on how to reduce food waste to supporting local surplus food redistribution efforts, there are lots of ways for local councillors to reduce food waste.
The government is committed to cutting waste: Local authorities have a vital role to play in meeting government targets to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 and half residual waste by 2042.
Green infrastructure is the collective name for green spaces and natural features which deliver benefits to the community, including parks, woodlands, and allotments. This briefing looks at how to improve these local spaces for nature.
This briefing contains top tips for greening a waste management system and information on the changes to handling waste and recycling in the landmark Environment Bill.
Enabling more people to choose active travel offers them a cheaper, cleaner and healthier way to get around. This briefing contains information on how to promote walking and cycling in your area.
Trees provide vital habitats, are valued by communities, and offer shade, filter pollutants and slow the flow of water, helping to protect areas from heatwaves and floods. This briefing sets out how you can grow tree cover in your area.
This briefing contains top tips for delivering a local green recovery and funding opportunities for CEN councillors.