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Bedford Borough welcomes new Climate Local initiative

Bedford Borough Council has signalled its intention to become one of the first local authorities to sign up to the new Climate Local Commitment.

 

The initiative was launched by the Local Government Association (LGA) and aims to work with local authorities to develop local actions to reduce carbon emissions and improve their ability to protect residents and council services from the anticipated changes in the weather. The scheme will build on the success of the Nottingham Declaration, the scheme’s predecessor, which the Council signed in 2007.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford Borough Council is fiercely committed to reducing its impact on the environment as well as helping local residents to do the same. By signalling our intention to become one of the first 18 local authorities to sign this initiative we are continuing this commitment.

 

“Through the Mayor’s Climate Change Fund we have introduced a number of energy efficiency measures at various sites throughout the borough. We will continue to pursue all options which will reduce costs for local taxpayers. The Climate Local Commitment will help the Council to continue to find new efficiencies and reduce the borough’s impact on the environment.”

 

The Climate Local Commitment has the support of the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Environment Agency.

 

As part of the new scheme, local authorities will be sharing ideas and advice on the best ways to save money on their gas and electricity spend and ensure there are preparations in place for keeping to a minimum disruption caused by extreme weather like snow, floods and heat waves.

 

Determined by local authorities, commitments are likely to include generating money from renewable energy, creating new jobs and investment in green industries in their area, tackling fuel poverty, protecting the local environment and improving public transport to encourage more people to seek an alterative to travelling by car. The Council will work with the LGA over the next few months to set a suite of local commitments and to share learning with other councils.

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