Have you ever wondered what other local authorities are doing to cut transport emissions? There are a number of local authorities we all know about who are often mentioned in these pages but what about those who haven’t been in contact with the LES Partnership? They may well be doing good work we can learn from.
The LES partnership is pleased to report that two post-graduate planning students from Birmingham University will be doing a piece of research to find out exactly how widely LES are being adopted. The students, Theo Mitchell and Tom Hemmings, are well qualified in the science of climate change and are experienced in research and statistical techniques. They have the full support of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham.
The research will consist of a questionnaire to most English local authorities followed by more in-depth interviews involving eight local authorities. The final report, due in July 2010 will detail the measures adopted and look at barriers and opportunities to wider adoption. This will be an important information resource for local authorities looking for examples of good practice. It should show us how much has been achieved so far and, most importantly, what work still needs to be done.