Andrew Sudmant, University of Leeds and Andy Gouldson, University of Leeds National governments have historically led efforts to address climate change; setting the targets, planning the actions and then succeeding (or often failing) to achieve climate action goals. But increasingly, local, city and regional authorities are stepping up to tackle the challenge. Municipal governments are setting climate targets; corporations, investors and pension funds are funding local initiatives; and communities and individuals are driving the shift to a lower-carbon future. Local actions have the potential to save as much as £7 billion each year across the 50 largest cities in the UK – that’s equivalent to £300 per year for every person in each of these cities – and create more than 90,000 years of extra employment. A range of measures could deliver striking savings for individual households (£2.3 billion annually), schools, hospitals, offices and other non-residential buildings (£1.2 billion annually) and industry (£510m annually). To support further action from this diverse coalition of governments, business and citizens, we have worked with our fellow researchers at the University of Leeds – Joel Millward-Hopkins and Rafael Luciano Ortiz – to come up with emissions projections and action plans for every local authority, local enterprise partnership, region and country in the UK, working as part of the Can-Do Cities initiative. This initiative is designed to be used as a model by other cities and communities, to develop their own climate and energy strategies.