Awards 2020
Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London
02 October 2020

Leadership in responding to the Climate Emergency

Nomination Closed


As at October 2019 around 60% of principal Local Authorities in the UK have declared a Climate Emergency. Developing a response to this requires a wide range of responses including policy development, leadership, finance and an understanding of technical solutions. 

We are interested in responses from any part of a Local Authority, or a whole Local Authority response. Climate Emergency affects a wide range of service areas and this award is aimed at promoting Climate Leadership.

Declarations of Climate Emergency by Local Authorities started in late 2018 and have gained pace rapidly through 2019. Bearing in mind that these declarations are new, and that authorities are likely to be held to account by campaign organisations, the judges are looking for the best initial response to a declaration of climate emergency. 

To be successful an authority, or team, will need to demonstrate they have set ambitious targets supported by realistic, but challenging, projects. The authorities should have considered how barriers will be removed, pace will be created and finances secured. The response will be comprehensive and cut across traditional service divides within the authority and their local area. The winning team will have developed an integrated plan incorporating different services and partners. The solutions will be innovative, forward-thinking and able to demonstrate how they will engage the local community. The submission should include evidence of:

  • development of a comprehensive, clear and robust plan, setting out how aims will be achieved and measured. The plan will include challenging targets interim, measurable, milestones.
  • appropriate changes to the governance of the organisation to demonstrate emergency response and sound programme governance to ensure delivery of the plan
  • innovation across the areas of energy, industry, buildings, transport, food, nature-based solutions and climate leadership for the delivery of their targets.
  • strategies for engaging the community and ensuring that the response to Climate Emergency is understood locally and all of society can share in the benefits
  • early wins to demonstrate momentum and innovative examples of integrated approaches to problem solving and benefits realisation.

In this category local and combined authorities, or local authority teams, are invited to submit examples of ambitious plans, backed up with demonstrable early actions. Entries can include partnership initiatives with other agencies.