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Local Government: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 114886, tabled on 12 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has given to councils on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Answered on

20 November 2020

A significant amount of support has been made available for councils to act on climate change, from heat networks to cycle paths to flood defences. The role of local authorities is both strategic and specific to projects within their area, and they are best placed to decide what measures are best aligned with local opportunities and needs. We will continue to work with councils to enable them to build back greener and better locally, through an effective planning framework and devolution.

The Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have provided much guidance and significant funding to enable councils to deliver local action that meets the high level of local ambition. For example, the £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme was launched last month to help public sector bodies fund energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation measures. This is part of the Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs 2020’ commitment to support the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19, supporting up to 30,000 skilled jobs in the low carbon and energy efficiency sectors.