‘Greenest Government’ sets out climate change plan
Ministers unveiled their plan for a low carbon economy today outlining how the Government intends to live up to its claim to be the 'greenest ever'.
The new Carbon plan highlighted energy efficiency, sustainable transport and a shift away from fossil fuels to low carbon alternatives as the key measures to achieving the UK's goals.
The document commits the Department for Transport to develop a nationwide strategy to promote the installation of electric vehicle infrastructure by June 2011, while the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has until September 2012 to have a Green Investment Bank operational.
It also revealed the Treasury would legislate to create a floor in the carbon price by April 2011.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:'We want to be the greenest government ever. We will reshape the economy, change the way we power our transport, heat our homes, and generate our electricity. We must put the development of the green economy at the centre of our ambitions to rebalance the economy.'
A statement from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said councils would play a key role in harnessing the enthusiasm that exists at the local level for tackling climate change.
Climate change secretary, Chris Huhne, will join the vice-chair of the Local Government Association, Richard Kemp, tomorrow to sign a memorandum of understanding setting out how local authorities will play their part.
DECC will work with the Local Government Group to support and encourage councils to:
- reduce the carbon emissions from their own estate and operations.
- reduce carbon emissions from homes, businesses and transport infrastructure,
- creating more, appropriate renewable energy generation, using council influence and powers;
- participate in national carbon reduction initiatives at the local level, particularly the roll out of the Green Deal, smart metering and renewable energy deployment.
Cllr Kemp, said:'Councils have a central role in helping the UK meet its carbon reduction targets. Despite the cuts to local authority budgets, they are already doing a lot, from helping residents make their homes warmer and more energy efficient, to investing in renewable energy plants. This agreement will help them do even more by ensuring national climate change policies reflect what councils can deliver on the ground. It also demonstrates a commitment to localism from DECC, recognising the potential for central and local government to work together in a strong, mutually respectful relationship.'
It's all a facade, all designed to make it look like they are doing something about something that has been made up. They are not building or even looking to build in the near fututre energy efficient homes and the "making peoples houses wamrer" is about keeping jobs going in that sector. Climate change all a facade, if the government wanted to tackle it they would tackle the real issues and not just skate around changing lights bulbs! but there was alot of money to be made out of the new bulb!lee parkinson, Added: Thursday, 10 March 2011 08:43 AM
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