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Localism: Our best opportunity to overcome the climate emergency

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Even before the unprecedented impact of Covid-19, businesses across all sectors were under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon outputs.

In order to attempt to mitigate the long term economic impact, there is a growing belief amongst many key figures that a green recovery will be key to rebuilding the UK economy. Even before the unprecedented impact of Covid-19, businesses across all sectors were under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon outputs. In order to attempt to mitigate the long term economic impact, there is a growing belief amongst many key figures that a green recovery will be key to rebuilding the UK economy.

To date, over 400 local government bodies have declared a climate emergency and there is an increasing belief that localism may be at the key to reducing carbon emissions.

To explore this issue further, Morgan Sindall Construction brought together key figures from across the private and public sectors to discuss what role localism can play in both fighting the climate emergency and helping to rebuild the economy following the huge impact of Covid-19. Joining Morgan Sindall Construction’s area director for the Midlands and head of social value and sustainability – Richard Fielding and Louise Townsend respectively - were Hazel Blears, former MP for Salford and Eccles and current chair at Social Investment Business; Ben Carpenter, chief executive of Social Value UK; Mark Cook, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors and Sarah Crawley, chief executive of i-SE.

Download the roundtable report here