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16.09.11

Carbon cut due to recession, not green action

Council carbon cuts are mostly due to the recession, not green policies, according to Friends of the Earth – meaning that emissions will rise again when the economy recovers.

Government statistics published yesterday show that carbon emissions have fallen by almost 13% since 2005. Local councils have influence over approximately 80% of UK emissions.

Friends of the Earth’s senior parliamentary campaigner, Liz Hutchins, said: “Disappointingly, the sharp fall in emissions councils have influence over is largely due to the recession – not green policies which could boost jobs and businesses at the same time.

“From greener travel to slashing energy waste at home and generating it in a clean way, councils have a vital role to play in meeting UK climate targets – but unfortunately most aren’t doing enough.”

Hutchins commended the Government move to ask the Committee on Climate Change for advice on how to continue to reduce carbon emissions: “Independent advice from the Committee on Climate Change on council action to slash emissions is a significant step forward - but this must lead to councils playing their part in meeting UK climate targets.”

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