Councils targeted on CO2 by Friends of the Earth push

Friends of the Earth has launched a lobbying and media relations campaign in a bid to encourage councils to reduce their CO2 emissions, some of which have not been cut sufficiently to meet Government expectations.

Under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, councils must include some home energy efficiency schemes in their strategy, but research released last week by Friends of the Earth found that 255 of the 354 councils in England are not on track to meet those targets.

The charity says that councils should have managed at least a 12 per cent improvement by April 2002, but just 20 have achieved this.

To coincide with the national and regional media relations drive, which launched this week, the charity’s parliamentary team is also lobbying the Government for more funding for insulation schemes.

The Government has repeatedly said that such schemes should lead to a 30 per cent improvement in energy efficiency between 1995 and 2010.

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