Climate Action Co-Benefits Toolkit

Cutting carbon and improving people’s lives


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Ashden has developed this toolkit, in collaboration with our City Region Sustainability Network, to support local authorities and others on their climate change ambitions. It demonstrates how action on climate change can deliver many local benefits, including improved health, increased equity and social cohesion, economic opportunities and increased resilience.


New Chapter: Citizen and Community Engagement

By engaging people through structures like citizens’ panels and connecting climate policy to the needs of everyone, we can demonstrate that climate action improves, rather than diminishes, lives. A ‘green recovery’ from the COVID-19 crisis can result in better jobs, more money in local economies, clean air, healthier travel options, green spaces and warm and cheap-to-heat homes.

This chapter explores different options for how councils can:

  • Use deliberative processes to give them a mandate for climate action.
  • Work with their communities to deliver co-benefits through climate action.
  • Overcome concerns or objections to particular changes, using a co-benefits approach.

Download the Citizen and Community Engagement chapter here.

Made possible by a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. 


How to use the toolkit

Each of the co-benefits chapters includes facts and figures, links to data for local areas, the business case for taking action, opportunities for action, and inspirational examples of successful initiatives from around the country. 

There are videos which bring these concepts to life. Using the buttons below, you can download individual sections, or the entire toolkit. 

We update the toolkit regularly and would love your feedback; please click on the link at the bottom of the page to let us know what you'd like to see included in the next update. 

Download individual chapters or the whole toolkit below:

NB: Please note the toolkit is best viewed using Chrome, Safari or Microsoft Edge, some functionality is not supported by Internet Explorer. 

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