Local Government

Climate NI works with Local Government in NI to provide training and support to councils to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve their resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Local Government Climate Action Network

LGCAN was developed in late 2019 to help councils deliver the NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme action as supported by SOLACE: “Work with councils to embed the adaptation planning cycle across local council planning with the aim of encouraging councils to complete a minimum of Step 1 by 2021 and Step 4 by 2024”.

The Local Government Climate Action Network (LGCAN) aims to develop a cohesive and collaborative regional approach to climate action within local government, and act as a forum for cross-council support and training on climate adaptation and wider climate action. LGCAN also aims enable councils to work together, and with external agencies to develop a strategic regional approach for climate action.

NIAdapts Planning Toolkit

The work of the Local Government Climate Action Network is supported by the NIAdapts Planning Toolkit. This tool aims to support organisations to undertake a methodological approach to adaptation planning with the overall aim of enabling NI to build resilience to the potential negative impacts of climate change, whilst allowing us to take advantage of any possible opportunities.

Recent Work


Climate NI worked in collaboration with NILGA and local councils to organise and promote Adaptation and Resilience Day (8 November 2021) in line with the COP26 President’s Programme. Events were hosted in Derry City and Strabane District Council, Belfast City Council, and a collaboration between Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, and reached a combined audience for more than 1000 people online and in-person. Climate NI led the ‘All Together Now: Collaboration for Local Climate Action’ session in the Green Zone at COP26. This event featured NILGA, DCSDC and BCC, as well as LGCAN members from across NI showing their work on climate action and the positive action taking place in NI. The event raised the profile of LGCAN and Northern Ireland to a global audience.

Contact Us

If you work for a Local Authority and would like to find out more about Climate NI’s work in this sector please contact stephenjones@climatenorthernireland.org.uk.