The Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) is about translating climate policy into action ‘on the ground’ to bring about transformative change. This ESRC-supported network brings together the research community and decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors through five innovative platforms: three city-based climate commissions (in Leeds, Belfast and Edinburgh) and two theme-based platforms on finance and climate adaptation, with business engagement integrated into the working of each climate commission.
We also have a wider PCAN 'Network Plus' that brings together the many new local climate commissions and similar place-based partnerships and coalitions tackling climate action across the UK.
This online event will launch a new report led by the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment on the growing threat of heat risk in the UK.
The report discusses the impacts of extreme heat on health and wellbeing, the built and natural environment, infrastructure and the economy, and explores gaps in national policy on heat. It provides insights from first responders, local and national government and agencies, utilities and civil society organisations who had direct experience of the 2022 heatwaves in England.
A new report from the Place-based Climate Action Network highlights the importance of local climate action and provides recommendations for local authorities, businesses, and the national government.
Climate Commissions adopt a number of roles and have an important impact locally, a report evaluating PCAN's core Commissions in Leeds, Belfast and Edinburgh has found.
However, the evaluation found that the Commissions have two functions primarily: that of a convenor, bringing disparate organisations and individuals to work together to take action on addressing climate change, and that of an independent, evidence-based advisor role.