From the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government
Cllr Richard Kemp has warmly welcomed a new agreement which will both say how local government and central government should work together on climate and will monitor how the agreement is kept to by both parts of government.
Cllr Kemp will sign the agreement on behalf of the Local Government Group at 4.00p.m. with Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne at DECC offices at 3, Whitehall Place. The Agreement sets out how DECC and the LG Group will work together help and encourage all councils to take firm action – underpinned by locally ambitious targets and indicators – that enable councils to:
- Reduce the carbon emissions from their own estate and operations;
- Reduce carbon emissions from homes, businesses and transport infrastructure, creating more, appropriate renewable energy generation, using council influence and powers; and
- Participate in national carbon reduction initiatives at the local level, particularly the roll out of the Green Deal, smart metering and renewable energy deployment.
The Agreement will be reviewed annually and a report will be produced jointly by DECC and the LG Group by the end of May each year. The LG Group Environment and Housing Programme Board is identified as taking responsibility within the LG Group. The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and senior political representatives from the LG Group will meet annually in the spring of each year to review the MOU, the Annual Report and council action on climate change.
Cllr Kemp said, “This how relationships should be between central and local government. Working out an agreed set of objectives and then working out who does what in delivering them. I only wish all government departments were as good as DECC in doing this.
Cllr Kemp can be contacted on 0207 664 3354 or 07885 626913