The Place-Based Climate Action Network has established a PCAN 'Network Plus' for climate commissions and similar partnership-based groups, local authorities and other organisations seeking to establish a collaborative approach to local climate action.

The Chair of the Network Plus is Andy Gouldson, co-lead for PCAN and Chair of Leeds Climate Commission.

Past meetings

Meeting 1

Forty people attended the kick-off online event on 10 June 2020, with representation from across 15 different local authority areas, The meeting was an opportunity to share successes, frustrations and best practice. Plans for PCAN going forward included creating a shared platform for Commissions to communicate, and quarterly meetings of the wider network. Other ambitions include collaborating on a position paper and highlighting key issues to central government to support place-based climate action. 

Meeting 2

A second meeting was held on 7 December 2020, at which PCAN's suite of place-based Net-Zero Roadmaps were presented by Andy Gouldson.

Meeting 3

The third meeting of the PCAN Network Plus  on 15 April 2021 featured contributions on: Local action and the 6th carbon budget: developing a framework for local delivery (Louise Marix Evans, Quantum);  Edinburgh Climate Compact  (Alix Davies, Edinburgh City Council); PCAN's ‘Trends in Local Climate Action in the UK’  report (Candice Howarth,LSE); Introduction to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate (Adrian Gault/Adrian Cannard);  introduction to a research project on the economic case for local climate action (John Barry/Kate Lock).

Meeting 4

The fourth meeting of the PCAN Network Plus on 14 July 2021 featured contributions from Anna Beswick, Adaptation Scotland Programme Manager, on Climate Ready Clyde/Talx, and Dr Rachel Harcourt, Research Fellow, University of Leeds, on Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission; Engagement and communications presentation on Leeds Climate Commission by Kate Lock, Policy and Communications Manager PCAN; plus introductions from new climate commissions in Kirklees (John Atkinson and Rioghnach Dewhirst, Kirklees Council) and Norwich (Emma Smith, Norwich City Council).

  • See Kate Lock's presentation on Leeds Acts Together, and the presentation by Anna Beswick on place-based climate resilience in the downloads below.
  • Watch a recording of the meeting.

 Meeting 5

The fifth meeting of the PCAN Network Plus was on Thursday 14 October 2021.  The agenda included: presentation on the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Action Plan (Andy Gouldson); updates from Edinburgh, Lincoln, Essex and Norwich Climate Commissions and reflections from each of them on the mobilisation of resources for commissions and their engagement with politics; network discussion on plans for COP26. 

Join the network

To request to join the PCAN Network Plus, email pcancities@leeds.ac.uk with details of your organisation and involvement in place-based climate action.

Start a conversation!

We encourage members to join our  Linked In group and join in and contribute to the conversations. 

If you have specific agenda items or issues you would like to present to the PCAN Network Plus, please email us.

Notices of meetings and presentations will be shared on this page and the quarterly PCAN Newsletter (subscribe here and view past issues)

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