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Climate Emergency: How is your council responding?

12th July 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

An APSE seminar on the importance of climate change action : Policy into practice for frontline services


09:00 Registration
10:00 Session 1: The Policy Context to Climate Change Action
Chair: Mo Baines, APSE head of Communication and Coordination
Key note address: Paul O’Brien, APSE Chief Executive
Paul will outline the current debate and work strands within local councils to open the event, including the impact of Climate action on council budgets, powers to take action and implications for front-line services.
Bristol: The first UK City to agree a Climate Emergency Declaration
• A ground breaking pledge to make the city of Bristol carbon neutral by 2030
• Working with partners across the city and region to deliver the goal
• Taking an action report to full council: A six month timeframe to set out interventions
• The route map: What does your council need to consider?
Speaker: Alex Minshull, Sustainable City and Climate Change Manager, Bristol City Council
State Action and Municipal Governments: What can we learn from Europe?
• Research Study findings: Lessons from Europe
• Comparing Newcastle upon Tyne and Gelsenkirchen: How can we better equip local councils in the UK with greater capacity to act on Climate Change?
• Decision making at central government and the impact on actions taken by local councils
• How do we achieve better governance and cooperation on climate actions. What are the practical impacts at a municipal level?
Speaker: Dr Peter Eckersley, Senior Research Fellow in Public Policy and Management Reviews Editor, Local Government Studies, Nottingham Trent University

Audience and Panel Discussion
11:15 Coffee and refreshments

11:30 Session 2: Investing in Green Infrastructure
Housing and developments
Ensuring green local infrastructure
• Greening developments through planning
• Delivering ‘climate proof’ public realm
• Creating sustainable resilient green communities
• The future housing model
Speaker: Dr Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association
Industrial technologies and innovation in transport infrastructure
Leading the international charge on EV use and Air Quality
• Piloting hydrogen powered buses
• Cycling/walking infrastructure
• The MILL
• 20mph streets
• Low Emission Zone
Speaker: Cllr Lynne Short, Dundee City Council Convener, City Development Committee
Maximising green opportunities
Lancaster: Striving for Zero Carbon +
• A pragmatic, business first approach
• Using Parks and Public Realm for Carbon Capture
• Upland Management and flood mitigation
• Integration of planning on new developments on flood prevention
Mark Davies, Director for Communities and the Environment, Lancaster City Council
Transport Emissions
Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS).
• Targeting emissions reductions: What can Local Authorities learn?
• Recording and reporting emissions
• Extending the scheme to include air quality performance as well as carbon
• Utilising multiple emission reduction mechanisms: tyre management, driver training and telematics
Speaker: Rebecca Kite, Environment Policy Manager for Freight Transport Association

13:00 Lunch
Who should attend?
• Council Leaders, Executive and Non-Executive members
• Chief Executives, Directors and Senior Management Team
• Corporate Policy and Strategic Leads
• Organisational Development and Cultural Transformation leads
• Finance Directors, Business & Commercial Development officers
• Environmental Services Managers
• Leisure and Cultural Services Managers
• Energy Managers
About the seminar

14:00 Session 3: Workstreams
Workstream 1
Refuse, Waste, Recycling and Fleet
Facilitated discussion
Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme
• Setting the deposit level: The considerations
• The materials: Plastics, glass and aluminium
• Practicalities of the scheme: How will reverse vending and retail returns work in practice?
• Implications for local authorities: The cost benefit analysis on recycling.
Food waste: Why does it matter in a climate context?
• The carbon footprint of food
• Working out the hoofprint on meat and dairy products
• Minimising food waste: What actions can local councils take?
• Changing behaviour : residents and businesses
Greening the local authority fleet
• Transitioning to a greener fleet
• Transport policies in inner cities
• Costs of electric vehicle v other options
River Monster: A fun idea to raise awareness on plastic pollution

Using recycled materials to engage and create art with communities

The ‘River Monster’ project

Using the idea to collect scientific data on micro-plastics in local waterways

Measuring water quality and ecology linked to water level falls and rises.
Speaker: Victoria Hudson, Community Development Manager, Leicester City Council

Workstream 2
Green transport infrastructure, renewable energy : Developing a corporate plan
Facilitated discussion
Street Lights: Is it the only way to go?

Adopting a policy of light dimming v switch-offs

LED Conversions: Lessons learned

Reducing energy consumption

The carbon savings from different approaches
Council energy policy: What does a corporate plan look like?
• Reviewing assets
• Setting out the core purpose:
• Cost v Environmental impact assessment
• Investing in renewable energy, residential charging points and energy efficient buildings
Speaker: Charlotte Banks, Energy Research and Projects Officer, APSE
Residential Charge Points: Funding and developing schemes
• Funding capital installations: Accessing funds
• Delivering for residents without driveways
• The local considerations for residential charge points
• The project plan and delivery
Speaker: Fiona Appleton, Regional Manager, Energy Saving Trust


The venue
Hilton Liverpool City Centre
Thomas Steers Way
L1 8LW
Located in the Liverpool One development, the Hilton Liverpool City Centre hotel is in the heart of the city centre, close to Albert Dock World Heritage site, shopping and museums. The hotel is also within one mile of Liverpool Lime Street Station, and a 1 minute walk to the coach stop and Liverpool tour stop.
Reserve your place now by completing the booking form and emailing it back to or by completing the online booking form at


12th July 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm




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