Government faces fresh calls to help local authorities drive net zero transition. Friends of the Earth sets out series of proposals to help councils drive down emissions. More than a third of councils are supporting policies which could increase carbon emissions, such as new roads or airport expansion, a BBC survey has found, despite almost 90 per cent of local authorities having declared a ‘climate emergency’. The findings have led campaign group Friends of the Earth to call on the government to do more to enable councils to play their part in the UK’s net zero transition, last week setting out a “simple set of measures” to help councils drive down emissions. Specifically, the group proposes scrapping the government’s £27bn roads programme and reallocating the funding for investment in public transport infrastructure, as well as measures to make active travel more reliable, safe, and affordable. Friends of the Earth also calls for a legal requirement for local authorities to take UK climate targets into account when considering planning applications and reforms to provide councils with additional powers to refuse developments which would increase carbon emissions. A clear role and long-term funding for local authorities should be set out in the government’s forthcoming Net Zero Strategy, Friends of the Earth said.
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