Published: 7th Apr 2011

Local authorities are expected to play a leading role in reducing the UK’s carbon footprint. New research suggests their primary challenge is to win communities over, as Michael Peters explains

Islington Council's 'energy doctors' go into communities to give personalised advice and talks on how to save money and cut carbon by saving energy.
Homes are responsible for approximately 27% of total CO2 emissions in the UK. Local action among householders driven by local government is increasingly seen as a key part of national efforts to curb carbon emissions. According to policy papers, community members should increasingly be able to rely on their local authority ‘to coordinate, tailor and drive the development of a low carbon economy in their area’. New performance targets are being used to ensure local authorities are investing in low carbon programmes. Several local authorities in the UK have been proactive in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)