The UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publishes today its latest detailed analysis of how Councils across the British and Irish Isles are putting into place ambitious policies to tackle the climate emergency, including achieving zero-carbon considerably earlier than their own governments. The NFLA have developed a detailed suite of reports in the past few years to show that local government can play an important, if not pivotal role, in promoting decentralised solutions that deliver low carbon energy, heating and transport across each country. This latest report follows the profusion of climate emergency declarations passed by over 280 Councils across the UK and Ireland up to March 2020. As Councils now start to consolidate their declaration with detailed strategies, funding and carbon budgets this NFLA report seeks to provide up-to-date policy advice and a detailed annexe of best practice examples. The report outlines the 10 core actions Councils should put in place when developing their low carbon strategies, whilst also outlining some of the reciprocal action that is required from central government. That includes new powers and funds across the board, as well as understanding that Councils need to try and come together to put forward their low carbon requirements from their own government. NFLA welcome the APSE Energy Climate Commission as one of the ways to do this, and NFLA’s own report will be shared with each governments and disseminate across Councils. The report also looks at some new ideas in tackling the climate emergency at the local level, such as from the Local Government Association and the environmental charity Ashden for the campaigning group Friends of the Earth. The report concludes that it is important local government in the Irish and British Isles work more closely together to understand the best practice out there, and come forward with solutions to their own government. Local authorities also need both additional resource and powers if they are going to move forward in this area, but they also need to have a full policy framework underpinning low carbon action, and specified carbon budgets to provide sensible and realisable targets.
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