Laura Sharman 16 March 2021

MPs to examine the role of local government in meeting 'net zero' by 2050

MPs to examine the role of local government in meeting net zero by 2050 image

The role local government can play in helping the UK achieve net zero by 2050 will be examined by MPs.

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry to examine the UK’s strategy for meeting the target at a local level.

The new inquiry will examine the progress made by local authorities in reducing the carbon footprint of their own building estate, what role should local planning authorities play in determining local energy efficiency standards, and the setting and enforcing of local energy efficiency standards.

It will also explore how else local government can reduce emissions such as decarbonised public transport, waste management and decarbonising the electricity grid.

Chair of the committee, Clive Betts, said: 'We have launched this new inquiry to see if the government proposals move quickly enough and if its strategy will make the changes necessary to make new and existing homes carbon neutral.

'We will also look more broadly at the policies within the remit of local government that will need to change to reduce or mitigate greenhouse emissions.'

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Estate Surveyor x2

City of Bradford MDC
£28,226 - £42,614
The Council has an opportunity for a general practice and agricultural MRICS/FRICS qualified Estate Surveyors. Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Apprenticeship Hub Account Manager

Stoke-on-Trent City Council
£30,095 - £32,798
A fantastic opportunity has recently opened for an ambitious and dynamic individual with a background in sales. Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Recuriter: Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Customer Access Officer x3

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£31,122 - £32,112
We have three exciting opportunities within our Housing Inclusion Service, for people looking to further their career in housing. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Construction Quality Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£30,984 - £35,336
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council’s Urban Design & Building Services team is looking to employ a permanent Construction Quality Officer. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Social Worker

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£37,260 - £45,381
In Kensington and Chelsea, we support people’s independence and wellbeing. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.