Delivered through a collaboration between the Local Government Association, the national membership body for local authorities, and UCL, the Net Zero Innovation Network brings together local authorities, universities and other stakeholders to address climate challenges at the local level, and seek routes to achieve council’s net zero commitments.
The Net Zero innovation Network is open to researchers, academics and policymakers working to address local net zero challenges as a forum for open discussion and collaboration.
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Introducing the Net Zero Innovation Programme
Across the UK, local authorities are declaring a climate emergency, seeking to lead action at a local level to reduce carbon emissions, increase biodiversity, transition to net zero and ultimately improve the quality of life of their residents and the local environment.
We believe that 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, as well as for delivery of evidence directly in to policymaking and practical delivery at the local level.
The Net Zero Innovation Programme brings together partnerships of researchers and climate change officers from councils across all the regions in England, providing support to work collaboratively to define and co-create challenges, and the time and funding to work on their problems towards achieving local net zero targets.
The 2020 Net Zero Innovation Cohort
In 2020, the Programme supports a cohort of 12 research/council partnerships on their net zero journeys.
|Energy||Barnsley Council||Leeds Beckett University|
|Procurement Carbon Calculator||Cambridge Council||UCL|
|Supporting Schools||Colchester Council||Univesrity of Essex|
|Public Health||Cornwall Council||Univesrity of Exeter|
|Impact of Home Working||Durham Council||Univesrity of Durham|
|Care Home Energy Efficiency||Hertforshire Council||Univesrity of Hertfordshire|
|Community Finance||Lewes and Eastbourn Councils||University of Sussex|
|Housing Retrofit and Jobs||London Borough of Lambeth||London South Bank University|
|Modelling Housing Retrofit||London Borough of Sutton||UCL|
|Decarbonisation Training||North of Tyne Combined Authority||tbc|
|Community Engagement||South Gloucester Council||University of West of England|
|E-bikes Scheme||Worcester City Council||University of Worcester|
The aims of the Net Zero Innovation Programme
- Support partnerships between councils and the higher education sector to develop partnership and coproduction skills through a series of facilitated training sessions.
- Provide funding, space, time and opportunity for researchers and local authorities to co-create practical responses to local-level challenges in reducing carbon emissions.
- Expand partnership networks between councils and universities across the whole country.
- Showcase how universities and local authorities can work in collaboration on adaption and mitigation strategies at the local and regional level as the United Kingdom prepares to host COP26 in November 2021.
- Offer support to all councils and universities not on the programme through sharing lessons on webinars, blogs and podcasts.
- Support the cohort to share their learning, providing support to a greater number of council and university partnerships over time.
Read more about the programme’s pilot workshops held in April 2020 on the Policy Postings blog:
- Going Virtual
- Fostering partnerships between local authorities and universities to deliver climate emergency action plans
- Developing partnerships, changing futures
If you have any questions about the Net Zero Innovation Programme please email email@example.com
Timeline and milestones
|October 2020||Official launch of programme|
Partnership development workshop webinars
Three two-hour sessions designed to build the foundations of partnership working techniques.
A series of three two-hour sandpits to co-produce and refine projects.
An additional drop in session for project teams will be offered on 30 Nov 10.-00-12.00
January -June 2021
Development and delivery of collaborative projects.
Reporting, evaluation, dissemination and next steps
The cohort will reconvene for a final series of activities to pull together the outcomes of project work as well as learning gained throughout the process and to prepare and disseminate final outputs. This will include the further support workshops to help people in other councils and universities to implement a similar project.