Mayors demand local powers to battle climate change to help UK reach net zero. The Government hopes to get the country to net zero by 2050, with a 78% reduction in emissions by 2035 compared with 1990 levelMayors are urging the Government to devolve their powers so authorities can individually tackle climate change ahead of COP26. The Climate Change Committee recently estimated that local authorities can influence around one third of the emissions in their local areas through place shaping and partnerships. Andy Street, the West Midlands Mayor, London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan and Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool City Region, are among 32 leaders who believe the measures will ensure the UK is able to deliver local investment in Net Zero projects. The local leaders’ summit, hosted in Birmingham, is described by its convenors as a “key milestone” ahead of the UK-hosted global climate change summit being hosted in Glasgow in November.
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Convened by UK100 and published today (13 July), the communique argues the case for a new ‘Net Zero Local Powers Bill’ that would require local authorities to report on their emissions and would provide them with new powers to roll out projects designed to reduce emissions in line with net-zero. The document points to the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) recent estimation that UK councils will be able to influence one-third of the emissions generated in their local areas through partnerships and place-shaping, arguing that local authorities will need more support to achieve this. It also argues that members of the general public typically trust their local council more than the central Government, meaning that new powers could boost public support for the net-zero transition. A Net Zero Local Powers Bill, the communique stipulates, should “permit, oblige and resource relevant levels of authority to undertake climate change action to satisfy the Climate Change Act, meet carbon budgets and deliver an effective pathway to net-zero”. Focus areas include unified emissions reporting and better cross-departmental alignment across Whitehall.
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More than 30 local leaders and mayors from across the UK will today sign a communiqué urging the government to grant them additional powers so that regional authorities can deliver on the country’s net zero goals. The 32 leaders from both major cities and rural councils will meet today to sign the statement at the International Net Zero Local Leadership Summit, which will see local leaders and government ministers meet with a number of city and state leaders from around the world. The statement, which was orchestrated by the UK100 group of councils, calls for the adoption of a new Net Zero Local Powers Bill that would award local authorities additional powers to support decarbonisation projects and require local authorities to report on their emissions.
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