Local authorities around the world are declaring climate emergencies and setting ambitious new targets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions but the key challenge now is how to turn these ambitions into reality?
In practical terms, local authorities need to:
- Stop doing things that will make achieving net zero harder.
- Start mainstreaming net-zero considerations into everything they do.
- Ramp up activities to reduce emissions now, such as removing barriers to action and seeking out where the biggest gains can most easily be delivered in the short term.
- Plan now for larger emissions reductions in the longer term by developing policy mechanisms that support and drive widespread action in future years.
Ricardo’s multidisciplinary team of net-zero experts are supporting local authorities through their net zero journeys, helping places to deliver cohesive responses to the climate emergency. Our specialists understand the scale of the challenge, the options for different net-zero pathways and the importance of evidence-based roadmaps, action plans and projects that deliver on net zero commitments.