Insights into how England's metro mayors could drive ambitious climate action

This paper explores how subnational leaders in England could help the UK reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

This insights paper explores what climate mitigation actions England’s metro mayors and combined authorities could take to contribute to achieving the national net-zero target, particularly by driving change through infrastructure.

The paper covers:

  • Why enabling subnational climate action is essential for achieving net-zero.
  • Current barriers to effective subnational climate action in England.
  • Examples of internationally recognised frameworks and case studies
  • Principles for delivering effective subnational climate action in England.
  • Lessons for priority sectors for climate action in England, including transportation and spatial planning.

This paper was informed by available published evidence, ICE fellows and consultation with experts.

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