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Local Green Initiative 'Won't Tackle Climate Change'

Magazine article Public Finance

Local Green Initiative 'Won't Tackle Climate Change'

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A green neighbourhoods initiative launched by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has been criticised as a 'piecemeal' attempt to tackle climate change from a department with little clout.

Benn announced the initiative to help 100 neighbourhoods reduce their carbon footprints by 60% - on April 2. The launch coincided with publication of a Commons committee report warning that government housing policy risks neglecting the environmental impact of existing homes.

Measures to make future homes greener, such as the development of new eco-towns, did not go far enough, the Commons communities and local government select committee warned.

Committee chair Phyllis Starkey said: 'The government's understandable desire to build improvements into future housing has led it to give insufficient priority to action on the vast bulk of the housing stock.'

Benn said the green neighbourhoods initiative would encourage alliances of residents, community groups, councils, energy suppliers and businesses to make their local area environmentally friendly. …

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