A Local Path to Net Zero

With the UK Government’s legally binding target to be net zero by 2050, decarbonisation must happen everywhere, from every sector, industry and service, to every place, community and household.

Re-thinking local: climate change and air quality

As the UK prepares to host COP26, it’s time to translate the national ambition for a green industrial revolution into transformative local action and councils, with their local partners are leading the way.


For the first time, the UK will host the 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties
(COP26) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021, in partnership with Italy.
The Summit will bring together international delegations to agree coordinated action to tackling climate change and progress towards meeting the international commitments in the Paris Agreement.

Councils have a significant role to play to support and advance on the UK’s net zero ambitions in partnership with Government, industry and communities.

To showcase and promote local climate action in the lead up to COP26, we have invited stakeholders, partners, think tanks and industry experts to share their perspectives on the importance of the local path to net zero through a series of think pieces, talking heads and case studies. These are themed on five priority areas identified by Government for COP26: energy transition, clean transport, nature, finance and adaptation and resilience.


Finance - to encourage our financial systems to be cleaner to unlock growth and create green jobs

Transport - to clean our air by speeding up the global transition to zero emission vehicles

Adaptation and resilience - to help communities adapt to, and prepare for, the worst impacts of climate change

Nature - to safeguard and restore natural habitats and ecosystems to preserve the planet’s biodiversity

Energy transitions - to accelerate the clean energy transition by encouraging the use of cheaper renewables and storage