Voluntary approach to Climate Change doesn’t work

28% of councils have an effective plan for slashing carbon emissions this decade and after. Friends of the Earth released research today that shows voluntary methods simply don’t work with […]

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By Tom Gibson

28% of councils have an effective plan for slashing carbon emissions this decade and after.

Friends of the Earth released research today that shows voluntary methods simply don’t work with only 22 councils of England’s 354 actually have a plan in place that can cut local emissions by at least 40% by 2020.

Friends of the Earth’s Climate Campaigner Liz Hutchins said: “While some councils are leading impressive action to cut carbon, most are being left behind. Making our communities cleaner and greener shouldn’t be an after-thought- councils are telling us a legal requirement would help them create jobs and cut costs, through green schemes like insulating homes and improving public transport.”

The green campaign group are calling on Government to introduce more tangible measures and make sure climate change issues are councils’ responsibility in the Energy Bill currently being debated.