Declaring a Climate Emergency for a Local Authority and Developing a Robust Action Plan

Your Trainer
Stephen Cirell
Stephen has worked in the Public Sector for over 38 years, both via in house service and from the private sector.

Formerly an in-house lawyer in local government, and then a long time Partner with Eversheds, Stephen is one of the most well known experts on local government law and is nationally known for his writing on many different areas, being the author of over 17 books on Local Government Law, spanning over three decades.

Stephen created a new business in Autumn 2010 following a highly successful year in Cornwall Council as the Corporate Director on climate change. He now specialises in the creation of a low carbon economy, through emissions reduction schemes and renewable or clean energy projects. As someone well known for thought leadership, his main aim is to raise the ambition of local authorities, to increase their confidence and to inspire them.
Stephen is currently working with over two dozen local authorities up and down the country on schemes involving climate emergencies, solar PV and electric cars and on the establishment of Energy Services Companies.

He is the author of the two books on solar PV schemes (A Guide to Solar PV Schemes in Local Government) and biomass schemes (A Guide to Biomass Heating Schemes in Local Government) and the only detailed guide for local authorities on Climate Emergency Declarations entitled ‘Local Authority Climate Emergency Declarations: Strategic and Practical Considerations for Climate Emergency Declarations, Targets and Action Plans’, published by APSE in 2019.
The Course – 28th May 2021 (09:00 – 13:30 GMT)
  • Local authorities have become increasingly concerned about the rise in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Most have climate change and sustainability strategies but work is not moving fast enough
  • So over 200 authorities have declared a climate emergency and set challenging targets for their own operations and / or their areas
  • But there is still considerable uncertainty about what a climate emergency declaration is and what they mean
  • And also about how to develop a robust action plan and what needs to be included
  • This event is perfect for an authority that either wants to declare a climate emergency or has done so but has not yet developed a robust action plan
  • Both guidance and practical examples will be included
  • This event is suitable for both officers and Members and can also be run in house for your Council
The Programme
  • What is a climate emergency?
  • Why have so many local authorities gone down this line?
  • What is the purpose of declaring a climate emergency?
  • The IPCC report 2018
  • The development of a movement
  • How local authorities responded
  • Tie in to the wider climate change agenda
  • The legal framework and duties
  • Choose your words carefully
  • Examples of good and bad practice
  • Choosing targets for action
  • The LA or the whole area?
  • Political risk
  • Direct action
  • The regulatory role
  • Partnerships with other bodies
  • Government funding
  • Meeting an authority only target
  • Meeting a ‘whole area’ target
  • Developing a plan with sensible timescales
  • Funding the work
  • Communications and monitoring
  • Developing a sensible strategy
  • Taking everyone with you
  • Developing realistic and achievable plans

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