Climate Change & Sustainability

Key Delivery Partners

Climate NI

Local Government Climate Action Network (LGCAN)

LGCAN was developed in late 2019 to help councils deliver the NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme action as supported by SOLACE: “Work with councils to embed the adaptation planning cycle across local council planning with the aim of encouraging councils to complete a minimum of Step 1 by 2021 and Step 4 by 2024”.

The Local Government Climate Action Network aims to develop a cohesive and collaborative regional approach to climate action within local government, and act as a forum for cross-council support and training on climate adaptation and wider climate action.

LGCAN also aims enable Councils to work together, and with external agencies to develop a strategic regional approach for climate action.

NIAdapts Planning Toolkit

The work of the Local Government Climate Action Network is supported by the NIAdapts Planning Toolkit.

This tool aims to support organisations to undertake a methodological approach to adaptation planning with the overall aim of enabling NI to build resilience to the potential negative impacts of climate change, whilst allowing us to take advantage of any possible opportunities.

Sustainable NI

Sustainable Northern Ireland came into existence in 1998 as a collaborative project of NI Environment Link, WWF and the Local Government Training Group. Our objective, then as now, was to promote the adoption of sustainable development principles by local authorities and other agencies of government.

Sustainable Development Forum

This forum is a networking forum that was established in 2013 with the aim of promoting sustainability and providing a platform for public sector organisations to collaborate and share experience, information and good practice to advance sustainable development in Northern Ireland.

All Party Group on Climate Action

The purpose of the All-Party Group on Climate Action is to provide a forum for discussion between politicians, NGOs, business leaders and academics, to drive progress on climate action and sustainable development in Northern Ireland.

Membership of the group is cross-party and includes representatives from the NI Assembly as well as elected members from local councils.

Carbon Offset Fund - We are working alongside 5 other NI Councils to commission a desktop review to quantify the opportunity for establishing a regional ‘Carbon Offset Fund’ that could be used to finance clean technology investments across NI.

These could range from investments in energy efficiency, decarbonised heating supply and renewable energy to habitat restoration and other nature-based solutions that enhance resilience and sequester carbon.

We are members of an Electric Vehicle (EV) Consortium that have secured funding which will include 14 new 22kW charge points, charging in 1-2 hrs across Mid and East Antrim.