UK ‘going backwards’ on DECC greenhouse gas stats

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched its greenhouse gas statistics for local authorities which shows which areas of the country are performing well in tackling emissions.

Results show that from 2009-2010, emissions increased in 394 out of 406 local authorities – 97 percent. This is a reverse of the situation in 2008-2009 when emissions decreased in all but four local authorities.

Responding to the disappointing figures, Friends of the Earth senior campaigner, Jane Thomas, said: “These figures make for grim reading – building a low carbon economy and meeting our national carbon budgets means all parts of the UK making big emissions cuts, but it looks like we’re going backwards.

“They are a snapshot of 18 months ago – since then it is unlikely that the situation will have improved. The government has to listen to its independent climate advisors – without a requirement for councils to act on carbon, and more funding to help them do it, we probably won’t meet our national carbon budgets.”

Robert Goss, md of Conergy, added: “Local councils may be stretched right now for resources, but solar still offers solid government support for mid-sized installations on schools, leisure centres and council buildings. Companies like Sainsbury’s are re-roofing their flat roofs because they see the triple win of lower energy bills, long-term financial returns and reduced emissions, and these benefits should be just as attractive to councils.”