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Many people focus on the importance of addressing climate change and sustainability on the global stage. However, severe flooding and storms in parts of the UK this week highlight how significant it is to also tackle environmental concerns at …
* On 12 November 2012 the government released a new national energy efficiency strategy. At the same time the government published a guide to financing energy efficiency measures in the public sector, as well as additional evidence explaining domestic energy use patterns. This additional guidance is the focus of this briefing, through references will be made to the overall UK strategy.
* The guidance makes a strong case for the financial and organisational benefits of reducing energy costs through energy efficiency, and the financing mechanisms available to councils for doing so. A number of interesting case studies of local action are presented.
* The briefing is relevant for all municipal departmental managers and staff, given that energy efficiency measures provide an investment opportunity that can reduce costs in relatively short payback periods across departments and functions.
* The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched 3 funds for local authorities to a) tackle fuel poverty, b) launch green deal activities, and c) encourage collective fuel bill switching among citizens.
* The total funds of £40m are available to applications from upper and lower tier authorities, and bids can also be made in consortia’s. Applications can be made by downloading the application pack and submitting via email to email@example.com by November 30th at 5pm.
*The application pack also asks local authorities to complete an optional survey on government policy on renewable heating.
*This briefing is of interest to upper and lower tier authorities (one of the funds is applicable in Scotland and Wales), seeking funding to assist them in delivering housing-related energy efficiency measures and to assist or launch green deal activities in their localities.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent government advisory committee and it was asked by Greg Barker, the Energy Minister, to issue advice to local authorities on how they can be incentivised to show leadership, and what scale of ambition they should set themselves.
* The CCC report summarises the national context of carbon budgets, before outlining the quantity of emissions local authorities could potentially reduce via policy levers under their influence. It details measures that can be taken by local authorities, by sector (focusing on buildings, transport and waste), and recommends all local authorities produce carbon plans, and for the government to consider a new statutory duty for them to do so.
* The report is useful for all staff and elected representatives working in local authorities who have some degree of control over the way in which climate change is approached in their department or office. The report can be read in conjunction with a second LGiU briefing entitled “Requirements on Local Authorities: household energy efficiency”, which outlines local government responsibilities to deliver a report to national government by March 2013 detailing measures to improve household energy efficiency.
This briefing highlights the relevance to local councils of the Government’s proposals to reform the nation’s electricity market:
* a new Energy Bill is planned for introduction to Parliament, and will establish a new legislative framework for the delivery of secure, affordable and low carbon energy;
* a pre-legislative scrutiny report argues that the reforms overlook the importance of energy efficiency and undermine the opportunities for competition in the market place, especially at community level;
* a new landscape of electricity generators will follow with implications for local councils’ energy strategies, infrastructure planning and civic leadership.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to face our generation, and how we tackle this issue over the next few years will have a deep impact upon the lives of future generations across the globe. Scientific research into …
Today sees the beginning of Climate Week, “a new national occasion to show how we can combat climate change”. Over 3,000 events are taking across the UK (you can find ones near you here) and more than 100,000 people have been …
As one of the local government endorsers of Climate Week, the LGiU was invited to last night’s launch event in Westminster with Greg Baker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change and around 800 others. It was excellent to attend the …
Dr Andy Jonhston, Head of Sustainability at the LGiU, was on Radio 4 You and Yours yesterday on the theme of “Do you have to be rich to be green?” Listen here at around 20 minutes in.
Those with eagle eyes for new ideas to tackle climate change may have noticed a tentative proposal from CLG for local carbon budgets. At the time nobody really knew what that would look like or how it would work. Today, …