Cities and towns

Every city and town works as a system with inextricable links between the key components of consumption and production – energy, waste, water, public space, green infrastructure, transport and the location of homes, schools, healthcare, shops and businesses.

Sound partnerships are essential for the implementation of holistic, area-wide approaches to climate change - and to be able to respond effectively to environmental, economic and social challenges in the future. Ultimately, integrated working is more likely to improve quality of life, make our economies more resilient and allow us to successfully adapt to climate change.

Strategic working across different organisations and areas of work facilitates the development of win-win strategies which not only tackle climate change - but also maximise the resilience and sustainability of places. Examples include:

Increasing use of public transport, walking and cycling and reducing car use can contribute to:

  • reducing CO2 emissions from an area 
  • tackling obesity in children
  • reducing the number of people killed or injured in road traffic accidents
  • reducing the negative effects of congestion
  • improving air quality.

Increasing the insulation of existing homes can contribute to:

  • reducing CO2 emissions from an area
  • tackling fuel poverty.

Local authorities

Opportunities for council wide initiatives to embed climate change and sustainability include:

  • the Local Development Framework, especially the core strategy
  • supplementary planning documents
  • local and multi area agreements
  • signing and implementing the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.

Guidance on doing this is available from:

  • The Carbon Trust
  • Local Government Improvement and Development
  • Planning Advisory Service
  • Homes and Communities Agency
  • Energy Saving Trust
  • Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.

More about the city scale


Advice for cities and towns

Advice for sustainable design and management at the city scale.

Examples for cities and towns

Examples of sustainable design and management at the city scale.

CABE and Urban Practitioners
with the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield