In a speech today (2 July 2021) at London Climate Action Week, Eddie Hughes MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary for MHCLG) has recognised the vital work of councils to mobilise their efforts to combat climate change and meet our ambitious net zero targets. The UK is a global leader on climate change, and in 2019 became the first G7 country to put into law the ambition for net zero by 2050. Our ambitious planning reforms will help us meet this target. Minister Hughes said councils’ expert knowledge of their communities allow them to help deliver net zero across energy, housing and transport in ways most suited to people in their area. By joining up across functions such as public health, planning, housing and air quality, they can get wider benefits from decarbonisation, such as reducing inequality, community integration and a green economic recovery. Most councils are already taking some form of action. Minister Hughes cited innovative work across the country – including in the capital, where the London Plan includes measures to ensure the environmental ambition of major developments is included at the start of the design process. Plymouth meanwhile has installed solar panels on council buildings, saving up to £1.4 million on its energy bills. It is also providing grants to help 500 fuel-poor families make their homes more energy efficient. Leeds has introduced co-buying schemes for home upgrades, to reduce the cost for families of making their homes more energy efficient. And Hampshire has invested in digital tools to ensure it factors carbon impacts and climate risk into all its decisions.
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