The Climate Emergency

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One of the founding principles of the urban place management industry is that of environmental sustainability. It is an industry born from the need to make town and cities work better to prevent urban sprawl and the unnecessary loss of green space. Today, these principles need to be applied to a wider context – the climate emergency.


It is not yet clear everything the urban place management industry needs to do in response to the climate emergency, but we know that the built environment contributes 40% to carbon emissions, that the make up of the built environment greatly influences other key factors such as transport, consumption, and waste and that the built environment will be uniquely impacted by extreme weather events. We also know that, as with any other emergency, action is needed urgently.


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ATCM is working with partners across government, industry and civil society to help develop an understand of the climate action needed in towns and cities to make a positive difference. This began in 2020 with our landmark Place Management Conference ‘Green High Street 2050’, our first ever big event entirely dedicated to the issue of sustainability.


Our mission is to get all of our members on the path to net zero. Join us to be part of charting this path.


The ATCM Place Management Conference

Green High Sreet 2050, March 2020

The one policy that could define Theresa May’s legacy as Prime Minister came after her departure date from Number 10 had been announced. In June 2019, the former Prime Minister amended the Climate Change Act to include a commitment for the UK to be carbon neutral by 2050, making it the first member of the G7 to legislate for net zero emissions. With a Conservative majority returned in the 2019 UK General Election, and EU leaders ratifying a similar target, both the UK and Ireland need to be carbon neutral by 2050.


This landmark ATCM Place Management Conference assessed both the policy and practice of making sure our urban areas can support a carbon neutral country. This event not only looked at the strategic and operational issues that will dictate whether we can achieve net zero emissions, but also brought forward best practice in other areas including recycling and plastic alternatives.





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The next decade will decide the future for humanity. Delivering a green and just recovery to the COVID-19 crisis; creating strong, fair economies that serve everyone; and cutting greenhouse gas emissions quickly enough to limit global heating to the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement, are one and the same thing. None are possible without the others. Success in all is the only way to prevent a catastrophic crisis.
C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), CDP, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have come together to mobilize an unprecedented coalition of cities committed to setting science-based targets and start implementing inclusive and resilient climate action ahead of and beyond the COP26 in Glasgow. This is the Cities Race to Zero effort, with the goal of recruiting 1,000 cities to the Race to Zero, in support of the COP26 Roadmap of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC.
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