Financing Climate Action

By Laetitia Pancrazi

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New research project launched today

As a Certified Social Enterprise, we have a strong social and environmental purpose, and reinvest our profits into education and research.

As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, we see that local authorities have a unique opportunity to help communities become more resilient and to build back better, whilst addressing the climate crisis. Yet at the same time, the public sector is more constrained than ever by shrinking budgets, and funding to finance sustainability interventions remains a challenge.

As such, Useful Projects is launching a research project which aims to provide advice, tips and pathways for local authorities looking to finance and accelerate the tangible delivery of their climate strategies.


As part of this research project, we are running a nationwide survey to explore various themes including sustainability reporting tools, green finance mechanisms and alternative delivery models.  The survey is for completion by local authorities’ climate change and/or finance officers and aims to gather information and insights about financing climate action.  The survey will close on the 7th of August.  Access the survey here:

Insight panel

We are also in the process of forming an Insight Panel of select senior figures to gather further insights. So far, the Insight Panel includes:

  • Sarah Cary, Executive Director of Place, London Borough of Enfield
  • Alison Knight, Executive Director of Neighbourhoods, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Mary Aladegbola, Energy Manager, London Borough of Hackney
  • Matthew Essex, Corporate Director of Regeneration and Culture, London Borough of Redbridge
  • Elliot Smith, Commercial Manager Energy Infrastructure and Regeneration, Peterborough Council
  • Chris Murray, Group Director, Core Cities

Additional members of the Insight Panel are to be announced shortly.

Insight report

The output of this research project will be an Insight Report on financing climate action that combine these findings with our expertise in this area, providing valuable insights on shared barriers and innovative financing mechanisms to overcome them.

Find out more about how we are accelerating the transition to zero carbon

Useful Projects put people and business at the heart of practical plans to tackle climate change. We build the value case, bringing your internal and external stakeholders on board to accelerate the delivery of high-impact outcomes. For more information on our GET SET ZERØ service offer for local authorities, see

If you’d like to find out more about our funding and finance expertise for the zero carbon transition, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about this new service line and/or research project, or interested in joining the Insight Panel, please contact

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