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Get Smart on School CO2 Emissions, Councils Told

Magazine article Public Finance

Get Smart on School CO2 Emissions, Councils Told

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Schools that fail to drastically reduce their carbon emissions could cause councils to lose out under the mandatory carbon trading scheme, a think-tank has warned.

The Carbon Reduction Commitment, which is to be introduced in 2010, is a capand-trade scheme that will require private and public sector organisations to monitor and trade the CO2 emanating from their buildings. It will take the form of financial credits.

On November 28, the Local Government Information Unit said councils were concerned that cutting emissions would not be a priority for schools, which are responsible for around two-thirds of local authorities' total emissions.

Gemma Roberts, policy analyst at the LGIU s centre for local sustainability, said it was essential to get schools to work with councils 'so that accurate data on carbon emissions are provided to help them to effectively trade on the scheme'.

The LGIU said the right monitoring systems were needed to allow accurate measurement of emissions. Plans to extend the use of smart meters, outlined in the Energy Bill, were insufficient.

Smart meters, which provide more comprehensive information on gas and electricity use, will not be a mandatory requirement for all councils, the LGIU added. …

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