Local Authority Decarbonisation

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About Local Climate Bonds (LCBs)

Local Climate Bonds (LCBs), a type of community municipal investment, enable local authorities to raise capital to fund decarbonisation and social value projects in their communities. According to UK government statistics, 82% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions are within the scope of influence of local authorities, and since 2019, over 320 councils (75%) in the UK have declared a climate emergency and carry the responsibility of delivering the net-zero agenda.

LCBs can be used to fund projects including renewable energy sources, rewilding, electric vehicle charging points, school retrofit, and community climate funds.

Local Climate Bond (LCB) campaign

Local Climate Bond (LCB) campaign

The first LCBs were developed by Abundance Investment Ltd in 2020 to empower councils to gain long-term access to lower-cost funding through crowding in private investment from citizen investors, a new and untapped source of capital.

The GFI supports the development of the LCB market through a campaign which: raises the awareness of innovative place-based green finance products, informs councils of the optimal LCB issuance process, and convenes public-private decision makers. As a result of this campaign, 10 pioneering councils have launched LCBs, mobilising over £8.5 million of private capital for much-needed local environmental and social impact projects. ​

​Almost 2,000 investors have participated in LCBs so far, receiving a return on their capital for supporting climate action, while the local authority can engage their local community on their net-zero transition.

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Sign the Local Climate Bond pledge

Sign the Local Climate Bond pledge

  • Join the growing list of Local Authorities committed to launching a Local Climate Bond, or related municipal climate investment by signing the Local Climate Bond pledge.
  • Efficiently finance Net Zero projects in your local area, while communicating action, demonstrating leadership and engaging your residents with your climate emergency plans.
  • Work with us to find joint opportunities to showcase the impact of the Local Climate Bonds Campaign in your community.
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Committed Councils

Signatories to the LCB pledge

Past issuances

Live issuances

Warrington – In Warrington, the funding by the 527 investors was put towards the development of a 20MW ground mounted solar system with the addition of 40MW of battery storage. See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

Telford & Wrekin – In Telford & Wrekin, funds are going to help fund its Climate Change Fund and implement energy efficiency upgrades to its temporary and supported housing accommodation, and the electrification of its community minibus fleet. See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

Cotswold – In Cotswold, the investment will focus on helping residents go green with public EV charging points, and upgrades to buildings to reduce the council’s own emissions. See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

West Berkshire – In West Berkshire, the £1m raised from 643 investors was used to build Solar PV roof-based projects on council facilities and other such as urban tree planting, wildlife improvement, travel infrastructure etc. See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

Blaenau Gwent  – In September 2021, Blaenau Gwent signed the LCB pledge committing to issuing a bond or related municipal investment in the 18 months following COP26.

Camden – In Camden, the investment made by 398 citizens will help fund more public electric vehicle charging points, as well as support the continuing roll out of the “Healthy School Streets” programme and replacing Camden’s fleet with green alternatives. See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

Islington – In Islington, 661 investors contributed to the council’s ongoing efforts to improve air quality and EV charging points and other EE solutions on public buildings. See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

London Borough of Hackney – See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council – Hammersmith & Fulham closed their first LCB issuance on 7 February 2024 and are now the first council to issue a second LCB. See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

Lewisham Council – Following the signing of the LCB pledge in November 2022, Lewisham Council issued a Local Climate Bond in March 2023. See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

Westminster City Council – Following its signing of the LCB pledge in July 2022, Westminster City Council issued its Local Climate Bond in March 2023. See here for the relevant press release from the council on the issuance.

Southwark Council – Following signing the LCB Pledge, Southwark Council issued a Local Climate Bond in February 2024.

Lewes – In September 2021, Lewes signed the LCB pledge committing to issuing a bond or related municipal investment in the 18 months following COP26.

Eastbourne – In September 2021, Eastbourne signed the LCB pledge committing to issuing a bond or related municipal investment in the 18 months following COP26.

Testimonials

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"The delivery of the bond has been a real success for us and has enabled the Council to not only achieve an engaging way of utilising a cheaper form of borrowing for our net zero ambitions, but we’ve also leveraged in further donations to our successful wildflower verges projects to enhance biodiversity in the local area."

Ross Mackinnon

West Berkshire Council’s Executive Member, Finance and Economic Development

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"This gives people a fantastic opportunity to make a positive contribution towards a carbon neutral future while providing them with a financial return and deeper engagement with one of Britain’s most environmentally-focused local governments."

Russ Bowden

Leader, Warrington Borough Council

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"Tackling the climate emergency and creating a cleaner, greener, healthier borough is a leading priority for the Council, but it’s always been clear that we can only achieve that with the support of local people. We now look forward to using this £1 million to fund a range of exciting initiatives that will make a real, tangible difference to people across our borough."

Rowena Champion

Islington Council’s Executive Member, Environment and Transport

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"Working with Cotswold residents, we aim to make the Cotswolds cleaner, greener and healthier. This is the first investment of this type to be issued by the Council and the first in the county of Gloucestershire. Residents can put their money to work to make a real difference towards delivering the Council’s 2030 vision to cut emissions and create safer, cleaner streets across the District."

Joe Harris

Leader, Cotswold District Council

Further reading

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Turning words into action

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Local Authorities and the Sixth Carbon Budget

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The road to Net-Zero finance

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Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener

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Accelerating Green Finance

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Financing Wales’ Housing Decarbonisation

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