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‘Encourage country wide Local Carbon Budgets’ - Mulholland

March 24, 2011 5:20 PM

Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, and Energy and Climate change portfolio holder in 'Team Leeds', Greg Mulholland MP, has today urged the Government to encourage the introduction of country wide Local Carbon Budgets, given their commitment to increased localism and the desire of this Government to fulfil its ambition for a low carbon future for the UK.

Greg raised the issue with Secretary of State for Energy and Climate change, the Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, during Energy and Climate Change Questions today. Mulholland asked what the Secretary of State made of the potential introduction of country wide Local Carbon Budgets.

The purpose of the programme is to mainstream measures to combat climate change into the core business of local authorities as stewards for community action on carbon (at business, commercial and neighbourhood level); optimising the local authority contribution to the national carbon budget; and securing local carbon accountability in line with the Coalition's localism agenda.

There are currently 9 pilot authority areas (compromising 30 local authorities), which includes the Leeds city region, who have been chosen to explore innovative and differing special approaches to carbon reduction.

Greg commented:

"Given this Governments commitment to fulfilling its ambition for a low carbon future for the UK, alongside its commitment to encouraging greater localism, encouraging Local Carbon Budgets is a positive step forward

"Local co-ordination of efforts to cut carbon is far more effective when run at a local level. It means that local people and businesses, along with schools and hospitals can shape efforts to reduce carbon emissions, which work best for their area.

"I was pleased that the Secretary of State agreed that whilst the decisions to establish them must be made locally, which I support, the Government would certainly be looking to encourage local authorities to implement Local Carbon Budgets, in an effort to ensure a low carbon future for the UK"