Partnership – the route to net zero

Published On: November 2, 2023

Net zero is a huge undertaking and it will only be achieved if we recognise the true cost – and if we work together to achieve it – Justin Galliford, Norse Group CEO

In the middle of a period of change, when local government faces daunting financial challenges, there is a very real risk that we will underestimate the most important challenge that we are facing – achieving net zero.

To meet our net zero targets, we need to be realistic about timescales and the amount of investment required. However well-prepared local authorities may be, much of net zero is dependent on central government action – infrastructure, renewable energy supplies to meet ever-growing demand, and funding for local implementation.

Over twenty years ago Norse formed its first local authority joint venture, delivering waste and recycling services. Since then we have developed a pioneering partnership model which provides a real alternative to traditional outsourcing.

Our insourcing model means that local authorities can enjoy cost efficiency without compromising on standards and social value. Partners retain a high degree of control through share ownership and seats on the company board, with the flexibility to change service delivery without contract
re-negotiation or financial penalty.

All of our partnerships have access to Norse’s specialist Environmental Consultancy, which includes net zero specialists, so that we can work together to develop a tailor-made, achievable net zero strategy.