LGA responds to NAO report on local government and net zero

"Net zero can only be achieved if decarbonisation happens in every place, community and household. Long-term funding for councils would mean they can properly plan ahead on the needs of their local communities as a whole to support this."


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Responding to a National Audit Office report on local government and net zero in England, Cllr Darren Rodwell, Environment spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said:

“This significant report includes some key recommendations about how councils can best achieve our shared goal with government to reach net zero by 2050.

“We have previously called for a national fiscal and policy framework to address the climate emergency, which should outline responsibilities for national and local government, with a commitment from national government to work closely with local public sector bodies.

“Net zero can only be achieved if decarbonisation happens in every place, community and household. Long-term funding for councils would mean they can properly plan ahead on the needs of their local communities as a whole to support this.

“By working in partnership with national government, councils are uniquely placed to shape their local areas and translate national climate ambitions into transformative action on the ground.”