Net Zero Talk: Episode 1 - What are the challenges and opportunities?

Posted on: 20/09/2022

Innovate UK KTN's Net Zero Talk podcast series is helping Local Authorities to explore, share and hear about the best practices to achieve Net-Zero for all Places.

The Innovate UK KTN Net Zero Places Innovation Network aims to make Net Zero in the UK a reality. We do this by supporting local/regional authorities and agencies to connect, collaborate, inform, share experiences and lessons learned, adopt innovation and to level up across the UK.

The Net Zero Talks Podcast series aims to hear from experts and Local Authorities on challenges and practical insights into different topics relating to how to achieve net zero in places.

In this episode, Nilam Banks and Kezia Williamson from Innovate UK KTN explore with their special guest Patrick Allcorn, Head of Local Net Zero Team at BEIS, and Katie Greenhalgh, Environment and Net Zero Carbon Programme Lead at the Leicestershire County Council, the key challenges for local authorities in meeting net zero, and ask: what can be done to support them?


Nilam Banks | Knowledge Transfer Manager – Place, Innovate UK KTN
Kezia Williamson | Head of Place, Innovate UK KTN


Patrick Allcorn | Head of Local Net Zero Team, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Katie Greenhalgh | Environment and Net Zero Carbon Programme Lead, Leicestershire County Council

Useful links:

Join the Net Zero Places Innovation Network Community

To hear about the support that is available for local authorities to meet net zero, watch the recording of ‘Supporting Net Zero Places’ Webinar

Access the Net Zero Navigator Tool

Find some guidance on creating a Local Area Energy Plan (LAEP)

Access the Net Zero Go Tool

Explore the co-working spaces to share best practices: APSE

Access the Net Zero Hub


Click here to download the transcript.

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