The Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) is about translating climate policy into action ‘on the ground’ to bring about transformative change. This ESRC-supported network brings together the research community and decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors through five innovative platforms: three city-based climate commissions (in Leeds, Belfast and Edinburgh) and two theme-based platforms on finance and climate adaptation, with business engagement integrated into the working of each climate commission.
We also have a wider PCAN 'Network Plus' that brings together the many new local climate commissions and similar place-based partnerships and coalitions tackling climate action across the UK.
A new report from the Place-based Climate Action Network highlights the importance of local climate action and provides recommendations for local authorities, businesses, and the national government.
The ESRC-funded Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) upcoming conference on ‘Local climate action: moving out of silos’ will be on Monday 19th June at the Royal Society in London.
Our conference will bring together academics, policymakers, local authorities, climate commissions, businesses, civil society organisations and more to reflect on the state of local climate action in the UK.
Climate Commissions adopt a number of roles and have an important impact locally, a report evaluating PCAN's core Commissions in Leeds, Belfast and Edinburgh has found.
However, the evaluation found that the Commissions have two functions primarily: that of a convenor, bringing disparate organisations and individuals to work together to take action on addressing climate change, and that of an independent, evidence-based advisor role.
Are you involved in an organisation, group, partnership or other type of collaboration that is working to tackle climate action where you live? If so, the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) would like to hear about your experiences.
Responses are invited from people who work for or represent such organisations, or who support them in other ways (for example, by giving their time voluntarily or through in kind working).
Are you looking for an opportunity to write about your research or practice in local or regional climate action?
Do you have insights to share on aspects of climate governance networks in the UK that would interest decision-makers, policymakers, researchers, journalists, researchers and other organisations that seek to influence decisions?
Or is there a current policy debate, breaking news story or hot topic relevant to place-based climate action that you are well placed to comment on?