Sustainable Towns and Cities

Communities want sustainable solutions. We help councils deliver.

Climate change now feels very real in the UK with record-breaking heatwaves, as well as droughts and flooding. The country also faces a cost-of-living and energy crisis which, if unaddressed, will lead to devastating poverty and hardship for millions.

But tried and tested solutions to these crises do exist.

We know that by taking a co-benefits approach to tackling the climate emergency, we can create warmer, cheaper to heat homes, thousands of new jobs, improved physical and mental wellbeing in addition to increasing our resilience for what the changing climate will throw at us next. 

But to have the greatest impact, we know this work must be delivered at a local level. That is why we bring local authorities and communities across the UK together to share their learning and embed this approach into their climate responses, ensuring we deliver a fast, fair and just transition that leaves no one behind. 

We divide our work across four key areas energy efficiency and retrofit; community and citizen engagement; procurement and local wealth building; adaptation and resilience. Scroll down to find out more about our work, access our tools, including the co-benefits toolkit, read about the learning from our projects around the UK and much more.


Tools and resources for councils

Ashden backs Warm this Winter campaign

We all deserve to be warm in our own home, but soaring energy prices mean that many millions of people in the UK are struggling to pay their bills. We’re calling on the government to act now to help people cut their bills with better insulation.

Learning hubs and networks for local authorities

Policy & lobbying

Green means opportunity for UK SMEs

Small businesses told us how going green helped them grow their business and prepare for a financially secure future. Hear their stories and find resources to help your business follow their lead.

Our response to the UK green skills shortage

The UK is drastically short of the skills needed to build a low-carbon economy – particularly those linked to making our homes more energy efficient. But we simply don’t have the workforce to take on the job. The benefits of backing green skills are enormous

News, resources and events for local authorities

Our towns and cities bulletin helps you deliver high-impact climate action. Discover useful tools and opportunities, whatever your council’s size and budget.

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The path to a green recovery

UK Climate Champions

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