English localities urged to act on climate

Government urges regions to play their part, focus on improving buildings' energy efficiency

Local government representatives from across England met today to discuss how they could help tackle climate change. Environment minister Michael Meacher told them that the UK central government was relying on local authorities to deliver significant cuts in buildings' carbon dioxide emissions by favouring greater energy efficiency.

He added that his department would soon launch a review of local authority implementation to date of the national climate change programme. "We need to learn lessons about why there is such a huge gap in performance between local authorities," he said.

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