Climate action: transport

How are we integrating sustainability and resilience into transport plans?

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LGA resources 

Clean, connected and in-control: what tomorrow's transport technology could mean for councils

Clean, connected and in-control: what tomorrow’s transport technology could mean for councils 

Councils in charge: making the case for electric charging investment

Councils in charge: making the case for electric charging investment 

Decarbonising transport briefings

These briefings are designed to help councils set goals for reducing carbon emissions from transport and understanding a range of key options available to them to make the rapid progress required.


Case studies

Councils are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions and working with partners and local communities to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area. Below are examples of innovative case studies and ongoing projects from councils in specific areas. 

If you have a case study or piece of notable practice which you'd like to share with us, please fill out a case study template and submit it via email to [email protected], or simply email us with a few lines about what you’re up to. 

E-scooter trial in Middlesbrough 

Notable practice

Cambridge City Council

Region East of England

Target In 2016 set an aspiration to achieve zero carbon status by 2050. Called upon the government to give LAs greater powers and to provide the national policies and the investment in renewable energy sources, home energy efficiency public transport and low emission vehicles needed to reach net zero carbon by 2030.

Project Projects include installation of 21 electric charge points in progress. Policy direction to require all taxis to be electric vehicles by a certain date. Councils can provide support through providing planning permission for electric vehicle only taxi ranks and subsidised licencing fees. Figures are based on 435 taxis, with a 60% reduction in CO2 through switching to EVs.

A 25% reduction in council GHG emissions since 2016, achieved through measures including energy efficiency measures in large council buildings saving 163 tCO2 annually. Measures installed included low energy lighting, a CHP system to utilise waste heat, new building management system to provide heating controls, and additional roof insulation

Related costs £18k pa (for two days a week of an officer to engage with taxi drivers and ensure planning provision is made for EV ranks)

Carbon saving 1,644 tonnes/yr based on entire taxi fleet becoming EV.

Further information is available.

Cambrideshire County Council

Region East of England

Target Declared a climate emergency in May 2019. Set five targets for the council including 50% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2023 and delivering council owned buildings owned and occupied and fleet vehicles (excluding gritters!) to be fossil fuel free. Also includes adaptation targets and biodiversity targets.

Project A 12MW solar farm launched in summer 2019 with 45,000 PV panels which will generate enough electricity for 3,000 homes and saves 3,570 tonnes of CO2 per annum since 2017. £11 million investment into 55 schools to reduce annual carbon emissions by 3370 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum and £910,000 energy bill savings. A pipeline of projects is under development totalling £56million which will reduce carbon emissions from 2022/23 by 10.705 tonnes per annum. In addition, £583,000 of investment from a £1million energy efficiency investment fund has been delivered into 51 LED lighting upgrade projects and two low carbon heating solutions.

Related costs initial investment of a £9million into the 12 MW solar farm, £11 million in schools and a loan facility of £56 million from a pipeline of energy projects. Plus £1million energy efficiency fund. Totalling £76 million.

Carbon saving Current annual savings total's 6,944 tonnes and over lifetime will be 277,760 tonnes. By 2023 the pipeline of investments will add CO2 reductions and altogether this should reach 16,994 tonnes per annum and 679,760 lifetime savings.

Further information is available.

Watford Borough Council

Region East of England

Target Declared a climate emergency and to be carbon neutral by 2030.


Watford has launched an innovative programme of transport solutions to help it meet to commitment to climate change. These involve: a dedicated travel app (travelWatford) to give people the information they need to make more sustainable travel choices, the introduction of the first bike share scheme in Hertfordshire (provided by Beryl Bikes) and an on-demand bus service the first supported by a local authority. In addition, it has invested in a new cycle hub for Watford to encourage more cycling, has an ambitious programme of EV charger installation and is piloting an innovative parking sensor project through the Internet of Things.

Further information is available

Chesterfield Borough Council

Region East Midlands

Target declared climate emergency

Project Established a climate working group to develop a costed action plan

Further information is available.

Northamptonshire County Council

Region East Midlands

Project As part of the government’s total transport initiative, Northamptonshire County Council used a ‘Big Data’ set to analyse local travel patterns. A new social enterprise board was created, which now has access to live travel information on around 32,000 travellers, covering almost 38% of all trips in the County carried out by employees and students associated with the parent organisations. This ‘Big Data’ set allows individual travel plans to be combined into a single virtual picture, enabling a radically different approach to transport planning.

Further information is available

Nottingham City Council

Region East Midlands

Target Declared climate emergency and target to be a carbon neutral city by 2028. On track to meeting it 2020 target or 20% energy generation from renewable and low carbon sources.

Project Tram network runs on green electricity

Carbon saving Nottingham has already surpassed its 2020 target of reducing CO2 admissions by 26% (compared to 2005). In 2017, Nottingham had managed to reduce total CO2 emissions by 41% (49% reduction in per person emissions) from 2005

Further information is available.

London Borough of Islington

Region Greater London

Target declared a climate emergency and target of net zero carbon by 2030

Project Delivering the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Streets programme - bans all non-zero emission vehicles from the Old Street and the City Fringe area at certain times of the day. Also replacing 160 of its fleet with vehicles that will either significantly reduce or eliminate emissions, to add to the 150 vehicles that are Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) compliant.

Carbon saving Nitrogen dioxide levels have reduced by 15% since 2012

Further information is available.

Richmond upon Thames Council

Region Greater London

Target declared a climate emergency and carbon neutral by 2030. Reduce the use of single waste plastic by 2020

Project Campaigning against the expansion of Heathrow's third runway

Further information is available.

Manchester City Council

Region North West

Target to be zero carbon by 2038

Project Construction on Manchester City’s Civic Quarter Heat Network to generate low carbon power for the city has begun. Initially 5 buildings will be connected to their HN.

Related costs £20 million project

Carbon saving Save 3100 tonnes of CO2 emissions in first five years

Further information is available.

Oxford City Council

Region South East

Target Declared a climate emergency in January 2019, to become net zero as a Council in 2020, and will be introducing the UK's first city centre zero emission zone starting in December 2020.

Project Plans for a zero-emission zone starting in December 2020. Under current proposals, it will see the introduction of a charging scheme in the Red Zone between 7am-7pm, with a £10 charge for non-compliant vehicles entering the zone. All Black Cabs licensed in the city now required to move from 0% electric today to 100% zero-emitting by 2025 and all buses running in most of the city to have one of the cleanest (Euro 6) engines by 2020 then be zero emitting by 2035 at the latest.

Further information is available.

Stroud District Council

Region South West

Target Council became carbon neutral in 2015; councillors have committed to make the district carbon neutral by 2030. The first council to achieve carbon neutrality on its own estates in Europe in 2015.

Project Created post of 'carbon neutral project officer' and ringfenced funding from its business rate pilot gain to support work.

Further information is available.

Leeds City Council

Region Yorkshire and Humber

Target declared a climate emergency, target to be carbon neutral by 2030

Project Launching a Clean Charging Air Zone (type B+) in 2020 to encourage businesses to transition to cleaner vehicles.

Further information is available.