Councils and universities across the UK will work in closer partnership to transition to net zero as part of a new 12-month innovation programme.
The Net Zero Innovation Programme has been created by the Local Government Association (LGA) and University College London (UCL)
It comes as councils across the UK lead action at a local level to reduce carbon emissions, transition to net zero and ultimately improve the quality of life of their residents and the local environment.
The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, said a pilot of the partnership workshops held in April this year, consisting of six pairings of councils and universities, was successful in building the tools and techniques required for this type of collaboration.
It said universities have been working in the climate change space for a substantial period of time and have invaluable research that can help councils in achieving their ambitions.
The LGA said that it hoped the varying expertise of local authorities to respond to the climate emergency creates a clear opportunity for engagement and knowledge exchange with the research community.
UCL added that, as part of a wider research community, it is excited to work with colleagues from institutions across the country in addressing climate challenges.
Cllr Liz Green, vice chair of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said: “Councils are uniquely placed within their communities to deliver effective climate policies that will improve the lives of their residents.
“The Net Zero Innovation Programme is another example of how councils are forming partnerships locally to tackle climate change.
“We look forward to collaborating with UCL to enable all councils to identify projects to tackle climate change and achieve councils’ net zero commitments.”