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Tuesday 23 February 2021
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This was a free, online, interactive webinar on net zero action planning, based on the findings from our recent paper Local leadership to transform our energy system. We were joined by local authority officers tackling their local carbon emissions, looking for guidance with planning a pathway to achieving net zero.

In this workshop, we shared our research and recommendations on best practice for local authorities undertaking net zero action planning, and showcased local authorities’ further along in this journey as part of a knowledge sharing opportunity.

This event was highly interactive, with opportunities to ask our speakers questions, as well as participate in breakout sessions where you could share your local authority’s experience of net zero action planning, regardless of what stage you’re at. Not only were Regen keen to gain valuable feedback and insights from local authorities, we also wanted this to be an opportunity for knowledge sharing with other local authorities.

Key objectives for this session:

  • For local authorities to go away with a clearer idea of how to approach net zero action planning, particularly in the area of energy planning
  • For local authorities to have an opportunity to meet/hear from a range of local authorities either grappling with the same challenges, or leading the way in tackling those issues.

We were joined by Aaron Gould, Head of Local Government Climate Change at MHCLG AGould 2

Aaron has been working in energy and climate change policy with the UK Government since 2008.  He has been involved in international negotiations as part of the UNFCCC process, worked on the Clean Growth Strategy, and the Renewable Heat Incentive.  Much of Aaron’s career has been focused on heat in buildings: in BEIS he was the lead policy professional responsible for the new standards for heating systems that came into force in 2018, that will save 5.2MtCO2e by the end of the 5th Carbon Budget; and he initiated the process of phasing out fossil fuel heating in buildings off the gas grid by 2030 – a commitment that has been reinforced in the recent Energy White Paper.  More recently, Aaron has formed a new team in MHCLG to lead on policy to support Local Government action on Climate Change.


23rd February 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am



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