PCAN book addresses local climate action in theory and practice

A book bringing together a collection of cutting-edge insights into how climate action can and is being taken at multiple levels of our societies has been published in collaboration with the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN).

The open-access book, published by Palgrave, is edited by a trio of PCAN researchers, Candice Howarth (LSE), Matthew Lane (University of Edinburgh) and Amanda Slevin (Queen's University Belfast).

Final round of popular PCAN Fund launches

The third round of the popular PCAN Fund launched today (1 September 2021). The total amount for this final round - £135,000 - will fund five to seven projects, worth £5,000-£35,000 each.

The aim of the Fund is to open PCAN's existing network to a wider community, stimulating engagement in place-based action in the UK by providing small grants to researchers and research users, 

Planting trees could benefit the economy by £366m and create 36,000 jobs

Planting trees and other efforts to recover natural destruction have a huge part to play in getting the country to Net Zero and bring a range of other benefits including creating good green jobs, boosting the economy and even cutting crime, says new research published by UK100.

The analysis, conducted by academic researchers with the Place-based Climate Action Network at Queen’s University Belfast, looks at the economic benefits of climate action by local authorities.

Croydon Climate Crisis Commission publishes report

In 2019, research by the Place-based Climate Action Network estimated that for Croydon to stay within its carbon budget it would need to deliver the majority of carbon cuts over the next ten years.

The analysis also showed that while Croydon could close the gap between its projected emissions in 2050 and a net-zero target by 61% through the adoption of options already available, more innovative options would be required to deliver the last 39%.

Business motivation for local climate action - survey

The Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) is looking for responses from businesses to a short survey investigating the factors driving business engagement with local climate action.  

The themes identified as a result of the survey data will help businesses to understand what they can do to deal with future risks and opportunities associated with climate change at the local level. 

UK Government and Boston University release joint report on cities’ net-zero ambitions

A new Accelerating Cities’ Net Zero Action report, created in partnership with Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and the UK Government, aims to increase the ambition of cities in the UK and the US to set and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets ahead of COP26 this November.

Introducing the PCAN Podcast

A wave of local climate action has emerged across the UK, as activists, researchers, politicians and businesses join forces to tackle the climate crisis.

To help share some of these inspiring stories, the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) has launched a new monthly podcast series focused on how climate policy is put into action on the ground.

Essex Climate Action Commission issues interim report

Essex County Council’s (ECC) Cabinet formally agreed its response to an interim report by the Essex Climate Action Commission.

Enabling rapid climate action: The experience of local decision-makers

The UK has committed to ambitious carbon targets, and many local areas have declared a "climate emergency" and set their own local targets. But how are these ambitions understood by officials and politicians at local level? How does rapid climate action feel to them, in the context of their working lives? How should local politicians and officials be supported, so that they can play their part in responding to the climate emergency?