This easy-to-use list highlights the co-benefits for each action, whether it be better health, improved economy, increased equity and resilience.

We've come up with 31 actions that can immediately help. Take a look at the full book at the end of this page. 

To help councils to deliver their climate action plans, Ashden and Friends of the Earth, with support from CDP, have put together an evidence-based list of the most effective actions councils can take on climate.

These 31 actions are quantified in terms of likely carbon savings, approximate cost and co-benefits. They also point to examples of best practice around the UK. Because we know one size does not fit all, our ‘Ashden town’ consists of 100,000 residents in order that data can be extrapolated to fit the size of your town or city.

We have looked for real examples of where these actions have been implemented, wherever possible, and have used the best data we can find but have had to make a range of assumptions. 

The full set of data is available as an Excel spreadsheet that can be edited and filtered for ease of use - for example by type of council or by low cost actions. 

(Please note that every council is different and all figures can't necessarily be scaled up or down directly in proportion to a council's size.)

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