At Useful Projects, our mission is to enable and support local authorities in tackling climate change, putting people and businesses at the centre to drive accelerated tangible action.

This survey will inform a report that provides valuable insights on financing climate action when budgets are under more pressure than ever. It will look at the instruments and delivery models available, what works, how to innovate, and shared barriers. The report will be shared with participants on the 1st of September.

This survey is for local authorities’ climate change and/or finance officers and aims to gather information and insights about financing climate action. The survey has 13 questions and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey will close on the 17th of August. All answers to the survey will be kept confidential and anonymous. All data collected will be stored securely and will adhere to GDPR requirements and regulations.

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* 1. Where are you on your 'zero carbon' journey? (Please select all that apply)

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* 2. Has your organisation used any of these methods to inform decision-making processes or assess your sustainability performance? (Please select all that apply)

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* 3. How useful were these methods for your organisation? (Please select all that apply)

  Method was easy to use Method's outputs informed our decision-making Method unlocked financing Method enhanced project delivery Method helped us deliver carbon savings Method helped us deliver sustainable outcomes
Method to assess climate change impacts
Method to cost CO2 emissions
Method to measure and report carbon footprints
Method to measure whole-life costs

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* 4. What barriers has your organisation faced when using these tools? (Please select all that apply)

  Method is too time-consuming to use Lack of in-house skills/expertise to use tool Method is not popular with members/councillors Method's outputs do not inform decision-making We are not aware of this tool We use another tool (please specify below)
Method to assess climate change impacts
Method to cost CO2 emissions
Method to measure and report carbon footprints
Method to measure whole-life costing

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* 5. Has your organisation used any of these green finance mechanisms? (Please select all that apply)

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* 6. How useful were these green finance mechanisms for your organisation? (Please select all that apply)

  Mechanism was easy to implement Mechanism helped reduce our carbon footprint Mechanism helped us deliver sustainable outcomes Mechanism unlocked financing Mechanism was well-received by members/councillors Mechanism was well-received by staff/officers
Carbon-friendly investment strategy
Green pension funds
Green bonds
Carbon offsetting
Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)
Polluter Pays Schemes

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* 7. What barriers has your organisation faced when using these mechanisms? (Please select all that apply)

  Mechanism is too time-consuming to implement Lack of in-house expertise/skills to implement mechanism Mechanism is not popular with members/councillors Mechanism is not popular with residents We are not aware of the mechanism We use another mechanism (please specify below)
Carbon-friendly investment strategy
Green pension funds
Green bonds
Carbon offsetting
Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)
Polluter Pays Schemes

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* 8. Has your organisation used any of these types of delivery models?

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* 9. How useful were these delivery models for your organisation? (Please select all that apply)

  Delivery model was easy to implement Delivery model unlocked financing Delivery model enhanced project delivery Delivery model helped us deliver carbon savings Delivery model helpes us deliver sustainable outcomes Deliver model was well-received by members/councillors
Setting up a Joint Venture
Setting up a Local Authority Trading Company
Using Shared Services
Using Co-Production
Working with Social Businesses
Working with Community Interest Company

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* 10. What barriers has your organisation faced when using these delivery models? (Please select all that apply)

  Delivery model is too complex to implement Lack of internal capacity to implement delivery model Lack of adequate delivery partners to implement deliver model Delivery model not popular with members/councillors We are not aware of this delivery model We use another delivery model (please specify below)
Setting up a Joint Venture
Setting up a Local Authority Trading Company
Using Shared Services
Using Co-Production
Working with Social Businesses
Working with Community Interest Company

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* 11. Has your organisation allocated a budget for climate action? (Please select all that apply)

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* 12. In your opinion, what would be most beneficial to assist your organisation in financing climate action?

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* 13. Do you have any other comments regarding financing climate action? Any other example of innovations, case studies or best practice that you think would be useful?

If you have any questions please contact us at laetitia.p@usefulprojects.co.uk If you are interested in taking part in a follow-up conversation to explore how we could support your climate action initiatives please contact us at laetitia.p@usefulprojects.co.uk
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