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More Councils Join Carbon Scheme

Magazine article Public Finance

More Councils Join Carbon Scheme

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A further 74 town halls have joined a carbon management scheme as tackling climate change continues to move up the local agenda.

The English and Scottish authorities could shave 20% off their energy costs as a result of joining the Local Authority Carbon Management Programme. A total of 215 councils are now in the scheme, which is run by the Carbon Trust, a company set up by the government to help the private and public sectors cut harmful emissions.

The announcement from the trust comes as 104 councils in England have included reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in their Local Area Agreements, making this the third most popular indicator.

Local Government Association chair Sir Simon Milton said: 'I am extremely pleased that so many councils are recognising the challenge we face as a sector of combating climate change. Local government is in a unique position to reduce greenhouse gases and take the lead on this vitally important issue. …

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