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Councils in the South, South East and Thames Valley will need more money if they're going to reach their climate change targets.
That's what some local leaders and MPs are calling for with concerns that goals won't be met if Government financial support is inadequate.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in Glasgow with almost 200 other world leaders at COP26 to discuss reducing emissions.
The UK's target for net zero emissions is 2050 but some local authorities such as Brighton and Hove, Adur, Worthing, Oxfordshire, Plymouth and Wiltshire aim to get their areas greener by 2045.
Those authorities are part of UK100, a group which represents councils that have pledged to reach carbon neutrality before the 2050 target.
Christopher Hammond believes their ambition needs to be matched with adequate funding,
"We need financing to make sure local action can happen. What we found is local Government is more ambitious than national Government and if they had more powers and more financing they could go further and faster and further.
"We're seeing innovation, we're seeing agility and local politicians are more far accountable than national politicians and they are more trusted, research and polling has shown that.
"So if Government can support local authorities we'll be able to get Net Zero even quicker."
When will my local council reach Net Zero?
Salisbury City Council -2030
Portsmouth City Council - council managed facilities 2030 - city 2045
Southampton City Council - 2030
Gosport Borough Council - by 2050
Havant Borough Council - 2050
Fareham Borough Council - 2030
East Hampshire District Council - 2050
Test Valley Borough Council - 2050
Winchester City Council - council managed facilities 2024 - city 2030
Hampshire County Council - 2050
Hart District Council - 2035
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council - 2030
Eastleigh Borough Council - council managed facilities 2025 - borough wide 2050
Isle of Wight Council - council managed facilities 2030 - island-wide 2040
New Forest District Council - unavailable
Brighton and Hove Council - council managed facilities 2030 - city-wide 2045
Hastings Borough Council 2030
Crawley Borough Council 2050
Eastbourne Borough Council 2030
Adur District Council - council managed facilities 2030 - city-wide 2045
Worthing Borough Council - council managed facilities 2030 - city-wide 2045
Lewes District Council 2030
Arun District Council 2030
East Sussex County Council 2050
Mid Sussex District Council 2050
Chichester District Council will reduce emissions 10% year on year to 2025 target
Rother District Council 2030
West Sussex County Council - council managed facilities - 2030
Horsham District Council - council managed facilities - 2030
Wealden District Council - 2050
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - council managed facilities 2030 - district-wide 2050
Dorset County Council - council managed facilities 2040 - district-wide 2050
Ashford Borough Council - 2030
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - 2030
Maidstone Borough Council - 2030
Kent County Council - entire county 2050 - Dover District Council- entire district - 2050 - council managed facilities - 2030
Canterbury City Council- entire city - 2045 - council managed facilities - 2030
Medway Borough Council- 2050
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council - 2030
Folkestone and Hythe District Council - 2030
Gravesham Borough Council - 2030
Swale Borough Council- entire district - 2045 - council managed facilities - 2030
Sevenoaks District Council - 2030
Thanet District Council - 2030
Dartford Borough Council - by 2050
Council managed facilities 2030 - county-wide 2050
Oxford City Council - council managed facilities 2030 - county-wide 2045
West Oxfordshire District Council - 2030
Oxfordshire County Council - council managed facilities 2030 - county-wide 2045
Vale of White Horse District Council - council managed facilities 2030 - county-wide 2045
South Oxfordshire District Council - council managed facilities 2025 - county-wide 2030
Cherwell District Council - 2030
Surrey County Council - 2050
Woking Borough Council - 2030
Waverley Borough Council - 2030
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council - 2035
Slough Borough Council - 2050
Reading Borough Council - 2030
Bracknell Forest Borough Council - 2050
Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council - borough-wide 2050
West Berkshire District Council - 2030
Wokingham Council - 2030
Surrey Heath Borough Council - 2030
Runnymede Borough Council - unavailable
Is this the most ambitious council in the country?
In Winchester the council's spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on measures to meet its carbon neutral targets.
By 2024 the local authority has committed to making its own operations carbon neutral with hopes they can encourage residents and businesses in the city to become greener by 2030.
"It has to be ambitious and it has to be something we work for." says councillor Lynda Murphy who explains the council is putting as much of its own money forward, rather than funding from Westminster.
"We're very much doing it off our own back because district councils get very little funding from the Government and it's getting lower and lower.
"We are applying for grants whenever we can and we've put lots of our own money into it which has been tough during COVID times when there's been other pressures."
As leaders looks to the future, the city's history brings challenges. You can't exactly install solar panels on a cathedral.
The authority is trying to fund ways of reducing the use of harmful energy in homes and gasses and making public transport more attractive and environmentally friendly.
They are also trying to educate the district about the importance of the planet.
Councillor Murphy said, "I think the ambition is what you've got to do and you've got to start immediately. I think people are genuinely on board."The thing to remember is that we don't want it to become a political issue we want everybody to work towards the emergency."We're going to be working with our businesses in the district because getting them on board will be key to reach our 2030 target."
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It's 'ambition' that's needed according to opposition councillors in Mid Sussex
In Mid Sussex, which includes Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and East Grinstead, the council has aligned itself with Government and is aiming to reach Net Zero by 2050.
The authority says harmful emissions have already reduced by a quarter in the last ten years through the introduction of solar panels on council buildings and sustainable transport measures in place.
However a plan to meet the half-century target is still being developed which Green councillor Anne Eves says reflects a lack of 'ambition',
"I feel we're on the back foot, we're always waiting for the Government to come out with its next proposals and we should be more ambitious.
"Where the emissions come from in this district, three quarters of it is from transport and domestic housing. Retrofitting would be right up there and the transport is even bigger source of emissions so there we need 'modal shift' is what we call in the jargon which is getting people to walk, to cycle and use public transport.
"I would praise the district council for what they've done in burgess hill with the creation of walking and cycling paths but they haven't done anything anywhere else? We'd like to see a cycling and walking path between Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath.'
Conservative councillor and leader of Mid Sussex District council Jonathan Ash-Edwards explains why the authority is yet to produce a plan that reaches Net Zero,
"We're working on a new plan to make sure we can produce a really tangible We've had a sustainability strategy in place for the last few years and we've made some progress on those targets to reduce carbon emissions. Clearly the importance of this agenda is increasing and that's why we're taking our time to refresh that work and to get a new plan in place to really up the ambition.
"As we head towards Net Zero as a country there's going to be a lot of change required and a lot of adaptation required and that is gonna come with a price tag and that is going to have to be really factored into every decision that we make.
"That's why it's really important we have a really tangible costed worked through plan to get to Net Zero rather than just making a pledge that isn't backed up by anything."
MPs say there needs to be more financial direction provided to local authorities from Government
A group of MPs believe direction on funding long term is needed. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee investigated the relationship between local authorities and tackling climate change.
Watch: Clive Betts MP, chair of Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
Government say they've provided 'significant funding'
The Government say they've already provided 'significant funding' to the tune of a £1.2 billion pounds.
A spokesperson said,
"Councils have an integral part to play in delivering Net Zero, and we will continue to work very closely with local partners to meet our climate change commitments.
"Significant funding is already available to councils for them to take local action, including £1.2 billion in dedicated funds, alongside clear expectations on how central and local government interact in the delivery of net zero."