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									Save energy, save money, save the
climate – local and regional actions
Actions by UK local authorities
Cllr Ian Mearns
Deputy Leader, Gateshead Council
Vice-Chair of the LGA Environment Board

31 January 2007
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities




  A Local Government Vision for action on
        Energy and Climate Change
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities



LGA Action
Leading the Way publication
• Responsibility
• Delivery
• Influence
• Know-how
• Democratic legitimacy.
 Climate change: actions by UK
 local authorities


LGA &
partners action
Councils working
together
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities

Launch of Nottingham Declaration online pack
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities



Local Flagship Project:
Gateshead International Business Centre
Image courtesy Gateshead Council
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities



Local Flagship Project:
Gateshead International Business Centre
Image courtesy Gateshead Council
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities


Local Flagship Project:
Gateshead International Business Centre
Image courtesy Gateshead Council
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities



Local Authorities working with energy
companies

• Development of warm zones
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities



3 main roles for UK councils on climate
change
   – As responsible organisations
   – Through services they provide
   – As community leaders.
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities



Local Government influencing National
Policy
• LGA Climate Change Commission
• Agreed strategic role for Local Govt
• Performance framework
• Holistic approach
• Environment at centre of local strategies
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities



Innovative planning policies

We must be ambitious and challenge:
a) industry
b) construction of new buildings
c) local government – building regulations
   and control and planning.
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities



Planning Policies for Sustainable Buildings

LGA & Partners
• guidance on good practice for ensuring new
  buildings reach higher levels of
  sustainability
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local authorities



UK policy developments

New Code for Sustainable Homes
Draft Planning Strategy for Climate Change
Draft policy for zero carbon development
by 2016
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local authorities


Local Government Aspirations and Actions:

Higher standards for ALL buildings & flexibility to be ambitious

Local Authorities leading the way:

•   Draft London Plan
•   Reading Core Strategy
•   London Borough of Merton’s Development Plan
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities




Let’s not forget the role of recycling
• Recycling and re-use are ways of avoiding
   green house gases which contribute to
   climate change and landfill.
Climate change: actions by UK
local authorities




                  Action!

  Thank you and we look forward to
 working together to save energy, save
     money and save the climate!

								
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