Magazine article Public Finance

Carbon Scheme to Include Schools

Magazine article Public Finance

Carbon Scheme to Include Schools

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Doubts over sustainable school design were raised this week, after it was revealed that energy use in state schools would be included in the Carbon Reduction Commitment emissions trading scheme.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs announced that schools would be included in the calculation of town hall energy use on July 16. This will greatly expand the number of councils expected to enter the mandatory CRC capand-trade scheme in April 2010.

Andy Johnston, head of the Local Government Information Unit's centre for local sustainability, told Public Finance that 'practically every' upper-tier local authority would now come under the CRC, compared with previous estimates of only half being included.

'Councils can't tell schools what to do; the challenge is more to do with management I think local authorities are going to have to influence carbon reduction in schools,' said Johnston.

All unitary, county and metropolitan councils and London boroughs that have an annual electricity bill of about ?500,000 a year will be covered by the cap-and-trade scheme. It gives a financial incentive for private and public sector organisations to reduce carbon emissions by allowing them to buy and sell allowances. …

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