Trends in local climate action in the UK

Thursday, 18 March, 2021 - 13:30 to 14:30


PCAN, the Place-based Climate Action Network is launching its first report on Trends in local climate action in the UK on Thursday 18th March 2021 from 13.30-14.30.

There is strong, vibrant and broad-based support for more climate action at the local level in the UK; and local authorities and communities have emerged as an important, dynamic driving force of climate change action. PCAN’s first report on Trends in local climate action in the UK surveys the rapidly changing landscape of local climate action in the UK.

The report documents the measures taken by local authorities, the growth in community-focused, participatory initiatives and the role played by local businesses and the financial sector. Our findings are based on conversations with local policy makers and practitioners, the review of relevant documents and our own impressions as practitioners and researchers in the field. 

The event will be chaired by Prof. Sam Fankhauser and the report will be presented by Dr Candice Howarth with speakers Philippa Borrowman of Green Alliance and Louise Marix Evans of Quantum Strategy & Technology.

The event is open to all.

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Prof Sam Fankhauser is currently Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. As part of this role, he also directs the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) and the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), which are both funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He will join Oxford Net Zero in spring 2021 as Professor of Climate Change Economics and Policy, based at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Outside academia, Sam is a Non-Executive Director of CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, and an Associate Director at economics consultancy Vivid Economics. He was an inaugural member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, on which he served from 2008 to 2016. Before joining LSE, Sam worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility. 

Dr Candice Howarth is Co-Director of the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), based at the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She is a Senior Policy Fellow and leads broader research on climate emergency declarations, where adaptation fits in climate governance and how co-production of knowledge can be used to better inform climate decision making. She has an interdisciplinary background in climate policy and pro-environmental behaviour with a PhD in climate policy and pro-environmental behaviour and degrees in meteorology (BSc) and climate change (MSc). 

Philippa Borrowman is a policy adviser at the thinktank and charity Green Alliance, where she works on low carbon policy. She researches transport and housing, with a strong focus on local solutions for issues including energy efficiency in housing and spatial planning. She co-authored the report ‘The local climate challenge: a new partnership approach’ and also leads on other areas including air pollution, fuel and transport poverty.

Louise Marix Evans is a Director of Quantum Strategy & Technology, climate change and sustainability consultancy. She has over 20 years’ experience of supporting strategic and practical action in local authorities, businesses, community energy groups and universities. In 2020 she was a Senior Advisor to the Climate Change Committee writing the report: Local Authorities and the Sixth Carbon Budget. Published in December 2020 alongside the Sixth Carbon Budget. Louise is a member of the Greater Manchester Environment Forum and is a member of Electricity Northwest’s Sustainability Panel. She is a voluntary director of Pennine Community Power, Community Energy North and founder of Heptonstall Repair Café.


Photo: Leeds Climate Change Citizens' Jury (Leeds Media Service)