Adapting to climate change and minimising its impacts whilst we are looking to create a more sustainable world is one of our most complex battles. Whether as a county council, district council or combined authority, local government has its own set of challenges when managing climate change risks and climate action initiatives. 

techUK is convening public sector and industry stakeholders to a workshop aimed at learning more about how local authorities are dealing with the risk posed by climate change and how we can best support them on their journey to net zero. Harnessing the advantages of tech and digital innovation can have long term benefits for local councils’ digital strategies and vision to reaching net zero, reducing costs and attracting more innovative solutions that could even go further and helping tackle other issues.   

Some of the challenges and opportunities that will be discussed include: 

  • How can digital innovation support local authorities to understand and mitigate climate change risks? What are the technologies needed? e.g. Climate Change Statistics portal developed by ONS – How is it used by local authorities? Can the functionality be improved to support local authorities’ needs? 

  • What are the rural vs urban disparities and diversity in challenges when it comes to climate change action? 

  • How can investing in climate change action benefit the regions across the UK and support the growth of local tech ecosystems and the levelling-up agenda? 

  • Are there opportunities for city councils to access financial tools that can help them aggregate resources and interventions? 

  • Are there groups that local authorities should be collaborating with to manage climate action initiatives? e.g. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) 

  • How can local authorities prepare for environmental events that could impact its citizens through disruption in broadband and telecoms? 

We are delighted to have the following speakers part of this conversation:

Kira Allmann

Kira Allmann

Senior Digital Strategy Officer, Manchester City Council

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Greg McDougall

Greg McDougall

Programme Director | Cloud Infrastructure Services, Capgemini

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  • Anna Bond, Deputy Director at Manchester Climate Change Agency

  • Keith Townsend, Corporate Director for Environment at London Borough Islington


Georgina Maratheftis

Georgina Maratheftis

Associate Director, Local Public Services, techUK

Ileana Lupsa

Ileana Lupsa

Programme Manager, Local Public Services and Nations and Regions, techUK

Craig Melson

Craig Melson

Associate Director for Climate, Environment and Sustainability, techUK

Tracy Modha

Team Assistant - Markets, techUK


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