LGA virtual events: Climate change webinars in September

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LGA virtual events: Climate change webinars in September

Details and how to book your place


In September the LGA is organising three climate change webinars that you may be interested in.  You would need to book separately for each of these webinars.

Greenhouse gas accounting tool - in conjunction with Local Partnerships

Friday 11 September 2020, 10.00am – 11.30am

As many councils across the country have declared a climate emergency, there has been an increased need to produce carbon baselines and there was a request for a tool which supported councils in calculating and recording their own baseline greenhouse gas emissions.

The Local Government Association and Local Partnerships, have developed a greenhouse gas accounting tool which enables local government to measure and report the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their own operations. It is a consistent, sector-wide benchmarking and disclosure tool, providing councils with a robust way to store baselines, and understand the impact of various carbon saving initiatives.

The carbon emissions accounting tool is a template that can be used to record council emissions for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions plus basic Scope 3 emissions. The tool automatically links your data with the relevant UK Government Conversion Factors, taking away some of the burden of the calculations. The tool is free to use for all councils and has been reviewed by the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for compliance with reporting standards.

The webinar will cover the importance of carbon accounting, how the tool can be used in more detail and how it connects with the LGA’s LGInform, the tool which provides up-to-date data and information about your council and local area.

This webinar will be of interest to Environment / Place Directors, climate change teams including Managers and Energy and Sustainability Officers.

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The role of scrutiny in climate change programmes – scoping and designing effective reviews (Part I)

Friday 18 September 2020, 10.00am – 11.30am

Scrutinising climate action: who, when and how (Part II)

Friday 18 September 2020, 2.00pm – 3.20pm

Climate change is a critical global problem that will impact environments everywhere and individuals across all levels of society. The challenge has been thrown into sharper relief by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the need for places and communities to become more resilient. Within the local government sector, councils have been leading the response to climate change, but with many having declared a ‘climate emergency’ there is a need to show how they will prioritise and embed climate action in all policy areas. Scrutiny has a critical role to play in these cross-cutting issues, testing the assumptions in the development of climate action plans and securing political buy-in for sustained action. Scrutiny can also support the council to engage with partners and channel local views, as well as playing a formal accountability role as councils make public commitments to climate action.

Drawing on our recent publication ‘10 questions to ask if you are scrutinising climate change’, these webinars will outline a practical approach for scrutineers to understand and seek oversight on climate action in their localities. They are designed to explore questioning, identify key stakeholders, plan effective scrutiny work and consider the impacts that scrutiny can expect to deliver on this issue.

These webinars will be of interest to Members and Officers with responsibility for scrutiny, climate change / environment portfolio holders, Council Leaders and Elected Members.

Part I programme

Book Part I

Part II programme

Book Part II

You will need to make two separate bookings if you are interested in attending both webinars on 18 September.

Please note that these webinars will be hosted on the Zoom platform.

Please feel free to share with colleagues who may also be interested in attending; it is free to attend for all councils and government departments.

Further details of all LGA's events can be found on our website.

Best wishes,

The LGA Events Team