Magazine article Public Finance

Climate Change Co-Ordination Is Needed, Say MPs

Magazine article Public Finance

Climate Change Co-Ordination Is Needed, Say MPs

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Action taken by local, regional and devolved administrations on climate change is encouraging, but efforts are hampered by contradictions in crossgovernment policy, MPs have said.

The Commons environmental audit select committee said there were tensions over policy areas such as regional airport expansion and the need to limit emissions from aviation, and how targets on new homes were compatible with efforts to lower carbon dioxide emissions.

Committee chair Tim Yeo said: 'A step-change in the level of activity is needed at all levels and the government has to put in place a number of changes in the policy framework and performance management of local government that should help bring this about'

The committee report, Climate change, and local, regional and devolved government, published on July 28, said central government had a duty to co-ordinate the different spheres of government

Local authority decisionmaking should be geared to reducing emissions, in areas from procurement to housing. …

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