What role will town centres and high streets play in a zero-carbon future?
Prior to COVID-19, the climate emergency was coming into sharp focus. There was a groundswell of support for action amongst the public and, whilst recognising the challenges, it felt like those with influence were prepared to act. Climate emergency declarations were made by organisations from local to national government, and businesses to charities. But then the pandemic happened. Action plans to deliver on those declarations were put on hold and everyone’s focus temporarily shifted. Fortunately, these action plans are now starting to be developed and embedded as part of COVID-19 recovery planning, and one area in particular where action will be necessary is in town centres. Historically the heart of local economies, a zero-carbon action plan will be integral to putting our town centres firmly back on the front-foot.