APSE Report Highlights Vital Role of the ‘Ensuring Council’ in Transition to Green EconomyPublished 24 April 2012 in Local Government
A report published this month by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) brings together the latest thinking and practice on how councils are working to establish prosperous de-carbonised local economies that are able to compete in the cleantech market, become more resource efficient and adapt to climate change.
Prepared by think-tank and consultancy Infrangilis, the report explores a range of local government interventions including low carbon enterprise zones, decentralised energy, sustainable transport, growing food, and re-skilling the workforce, amongst other issues. Policy recommendations are also put forward on how central government can help local government to achieve even more.
Participants included Birmingham City, Liverpool City Council, London Borough of Hackney and Peterborough City Council. The applied research also draws upon international lessons from Philadelphia, Tokyo, Vancouver and elsewhere.
The report is available (priced £40 for non-APSE members and £20 for APSE members) via the APSE website.
APSE have produced several other reports – some of which are available for free – including:
- Powerful impacts: Exploring the economic and social benefits of renewable energy schemes (FEE)
- The new green team: Local government, sustainable energy, jobs and skills (FREE)
- Creating resilient local economies: exploring the economic footprint of public services (FREE)
- The virtuous green circle: creating a revolving fund for local authority solar energy (FREE)
- Towards sustainable procurement for local authorities: Sustainable policy tool (FEE)