16 February 2022 | Net Zero | Our Work

Practical steps on the journey to net zero: Understanding the challenge

Details of the first webinar in a series entitled ‘Practical steps on the journey to net zero’ have been confirmed by the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) – with the launch event taking place on 22nd March at 11am.

With the roads sector under increasing pressure to adapt to improving environmental standards and meet the expectations of government and society; including bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 – LCRIG has teamed up with Colas and Breedon to deliver this exclusive series.

Primary Partners:






The launch webinar will set out the breadth of the challenge faced with a focus on working towards solutions to help the sector reach net zero.

Entitled ‘Understanding the challenge’, the event will set out to examine the following:

  • What is net zero and why does it matter?
  • The role of central Government
  • What’s being done in local highways
  • How can central and local government work together?
  • The supply chain view
  • Putting plans into action

It is clear that central and local government must work together in order to accelerate the transition to clean energy and sustainable roads.

Understanding how to reach net zero and what it encompasses will be key as local councils and their highway departments move towards achieving this goal.

There are several steps that need to be taken in order to achieve this, but of critical importance is understanding the vital role local authorities play. How can they learn from developments at a central government level and take this into their everyday activities? What does the industry need to do and when?

National Highways recently created a new division for Environmental Sustainability which will help the government-owned company deliver on its ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions to net zero across England’s motorways and major A-roads by 2050.

Meanwhile, the number of local authorities that have declared a climate emergency continues to rise and councils continue to battle with a range of competing demands in this area.

Councils are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions and working with partners and local communities to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area.

There are numerous ways in which this is being done including through the implementation of Clean Air Zones; transition to electric vehicles; 100% recycled materials in construction; emissions-based parking permits; emissions-charging; etc.

The pressure to act has never been greater and the environmental challenges everyone faces can only be achieved by working together – through central and local government, supply chain partners and stakeholders – to achieve these common goals.

The discussion will challenge relevant stakeholders to consider the challenges that local authorities are facing in this space and how they can go about starting to prioritise what needs to be done.

Panelists will be confirmed in due course. Register for the event here

Following the launch webinar, a series of further webinars will be delivered throughout 2022, covering carbon reduction in fleet, materials, asset management and street lighting.