The next phase of the Local Climate Engagement (LCE) programme will launch this year, building on the success of the first phase which ran from 2021-2023.
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An evaluation report of the initial phase highlighted several positive outcomes, including:

  • Five local authorities in the Project Group implemented public engagement activities on climate decision-making, with significant input from LCE
  • Some of this engagement was more interactive, accessible and locally focused than it would have been without LCE
  • 11 out of 15 local authorities in the Coaching Group made changes to their public engagement processes and plans as a result of LCE
  • The programme had a catalytic effect in some areas, giving momentum to wider climate action

The report also identified areas for improvement, such as:

  • More tailored support based on local authorities' starting capacity
  • Clearer expectations about public engagement approaches upfront
  • Streamlining some aspects of the engagement process

We will incorporate this learning into the next phase of LCE, about which further details will be announced later this year.

During the first phase of the programme, we worked with four partner organisations for the programme: Involve, Democratic Society, Shared Future and Climate Outreach. In the next phase, we will be working with Involve.

How did the first phase work?

The programme worked with two groups of local authorities:

The Coaching Group:

Local authorities who join the Coaching Group will develop their capability and confidence in planning, commissioning and overseeing public engagement in climate decision-making.

The programme content included training for council officers, draw-down mentoring time, and peer learning sessions.  

The Project Group:

Local authorities who joined the Project Group worked with us to deliver a high-quality piece of local public engagement in climate decision-making, intending to embed the approaches and skills needed for future participation work.

The programme content included training for council officers, up to £45,000 of our time (pro-bono) to support each local authority to plan and deliver a piece of public engagement work, and peer learning sessions. 

Why is this needed? 

Local authorities have a unique leadership role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping local areas adapt to the effects of climate change.

Across the country, they have shown bold leadership by setting Net Zero targets that are years ahead of the national government.

But they will only be able to deliver their role effectively and achieve a fair Net Zero transition by enabling public participation in their climate decision-making.

How is the project funded?

The programme is funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (phase one and two) and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (phase one).

How can I find out more?

The phase one project evaluation is available here

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