Lord Deben: The UK government’s ground-breaking net-zero commitment and the climate emergency declarations issued by almost three-quarters of local authorities demonstrate that central and local government share a common goal to deliver deep emissions reductions. We are now in a crucial decade – meeting these commitments requires urgent action across a range of sectors now. Many of the urgent changes and decisions needed have a strong local dimension. Decarbonising buildings, transport, waste and industry, cutting emissions from agriculture and storing more carbon through land use and forestry are dependent on delivery at a local level. Local authorities need a statutory duty on climate, with clear roles and responsibilities backed by long-term financing, to deliver at scale over the next three decades.
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