The Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN) organised its first virtual networking meeting for climate commissions - and those interested in starting one - on 10 June 2020.

Forty people attended the online event, with representation from across 15 different local authority areas, from established Commissions in Leeds, Belfast and Edinburgh to newer commissions in Lincoln, Surrey, Doncaster and Croydon and areas considering creating climate commissions like York, Kirklees as well as the emerging North-East Climate Coalition. 

The meeting was an opportunity to share successes, frustrations and best practice. Plans for PCAN going forward include 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.

Following the event, a briefing paper. What is a local climate commission? has been written by Andy Gouldson and Communications and Policy Officer Kate Lock.

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, Chair of the Leeds Climate Commission.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the PCAN Network Plus will be on 15 April 2021, 15.30-17.30. The meeting is open to representatives of climate commissions or similar partnership-based groups, local authorities and other organisations seeking to establish a collaborative approach to local climate action.

To attend, please email with details of your organisation and involvement in place-based climate action.



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