NFLA outlines the top 10 actions Councils need to undertake to tackle the ‘climate emergency’ The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publishes today its top ten actions that Councils need to undertake as part of their local response to deal with the climate emergency. With over 250 Councils in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland passing specific ‘climate emergency’ resolutions, and many more devising low carbon strategies, the NFLA – a long-term advocate for decentralised renewable energy solutions – has been asked to develop a short guide to the core actions that need to follow from such resolutions. The guide outlines 10 core actions that Councils need to do, and signposts Councils to some of the leading examples in local government across the UK and Ireland who are undertaking such activity. The 10 recommended actions Councils should take to start delivering on ‘zero carbon’ resolutions are: Buy only 100% renewable electricity for council use and seek to install renewables on council buildings and council land (and in cooperation with other agencies). Develop wider and innovative renewable energy schemes like solar farms, low carbon district heating and heat pump schemes as part of efforts to offset the Council carbon footprint. Carry out a program of energy efficiency improvements on council properties (including with all social housing providers and community energy cooperatives) and enforce building standards to deliver zero-carbon homes and buildings. Stop buying fossil fuelled vehicles immediately. Start replacing current vehicle inventory with electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen powered vehicles. Begin a program of installing EV charging points. Draw up a plan for tree planting in parks, along roadside etc. Switch to locally grown sources for food in schools and council run institutions. Implement plans to introduce more allotments. Prioritise pedestrians and cycling strategies over road building schemes, whilst encouraging low carbon transport use. Draw up a detailed climate emergency plan in consultation with citizen assemblies and large sectors of the local economy including health, education, leisure, business, transport and so on.
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