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2009

  • Government urged to introduce local carbon budgets, FoE, 26 November [2] topic
  • Only a fresh approach to climate change can hope to make the 2050 target achievable, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 13 November [3]
  • UK should aim to overachieve emissions reductions in the first budget period, Committee on Climate Change, 12 October 2009. Recession induced reductions must not be confused with underlying progress. [4]
  • Greenhouse gas emissions created by Britons probably twice as bad as figures suggest, says the government's new chief energy scientist, September 30 [5] Reductions since 1990 "an illusion".
  • "This competition model is not the way forward, and is a huge missed opportunity. It does not ‘help communities to act together’, it means that community groups use huge amounts of time and energy going through a convoluted application process where they are pitched against other equally noble community groups, and the vast majority of them end up losing out and feeling embittered by the whole thing (that was certainly many peoples’ experience of Big Green Challenge). Something more like the Local Food Fund would have been a far better model. 2 out of 10." Rob Hopkins, The Role of Communities, A Transition Take on the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, July 17 [6] topic, topic
  • Low-carbon strategy "major step towards a cleaner, safer future", FoE, July 15 [7]
  • Low Carbon Transition Plan a missed opportunity to involve all communities, as Local Agenda 21 offered, not just a few pilots, Philralph @sca21 17:54, 15 July 2009 (UTC) topic


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2009

  • Wiltshire Council overwhelmingly rejects motion to withdraw the local authority from a national initiative to tackle climate change, September 16 [8] Result of the vote: 85 councillors reiterated support for action on climate change, compared to only 6 who wanted the council to withdraw. The councillors were calling for Wiltshire Council to remove itself from the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change arguing against "a widely disputed theory that industrial mankind causes global warming." Over 300 councils have so far signed the Declaration which commits councils and their partners to systematically address the causes of climate change and to prepare their community for its impacts. The motion was proposed by nine councillors. place
  • Government not on track to meet targets for cutting its own emissions, Environmental Audit Committee, August 5 [9] MPs are concerned that the Government is not doing enough to reduce energy use in its buildings - which account for the bulk of emissions - and will therefore fail to meet its target of a 12.5% reduction in carbon dioxide by 2010/11. "The Government's enormous buying power should be used to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy and boost the number of people in green jobs. Ministers and top civil servants are accountable for this agenda and their performance needs to improve dramatically. Leadership on these issues is crucial - the Government can't have one prescription for the country and another for its own operations." Tim Yeo MP, Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee
  • Universities consulted on more ambitious target of halving emissions in the next ten years, July 29 [10]
  • Government announce a consultation which includes "Local authorities tackling climate change", July 21 [11] "The Government wants a debate on whether the idea of local carbon budgets could work for local authorities and what this might mean, building on their current responsibilities for planning, transport, building control and waste management." The consultation concerns include "ensuring councils have the powers and responsibilities they need to tackle climate change" "In setting out its carbon budgets, and policies and proposals to meet them, the Government is presenting a national routemap for the changes we need to make. For this to take root, it will need to be driven in every community across the country. We believe that people should increasingly be able to look to their local authority not only to provide established services, but also to co-ordinate, tailor and drive the development of a low carbon economy in their area, and in a way that suits their preferences. The consent built through a strong and vibrant local debate of the choices we face will be essential to make the change a success. And in setting out their ambitions for carbon, where there are clear local plans with local support, the Government would support the goal of going beyond national targets on carbon." [12] topic
  • Government publishes Low Carbon Transition Plan, July 15 [13] A 'Homes and communities' section includes "challenging 15 villages, towns or cities to be testbeds for piloting future green initiatives."

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References

  1. Twitter, November 27, 2009
  2. Friends of the Earth, 26 November 2009
  3. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 13 November 2009
  4. Committee on Climate Change, 12 October 2009
  5. news.bbc.co.uk, September 30, 2009
  6. Transition Culture, July 17, 2009
  7. Friends of the Earth, July 15, 2009
  8. Friends of the Earth, September 16, 2009
  9. Environmental Audit Committee, August 5, 2009
  10. HEFCE, July 29, 2009
  11. Communities and Local Government, July 21, 2009
  12. Strengthening local democracy: Consultation, p.35 of the consultaion document
  13. Department of Energy and Climate Change, July 15, 2009

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