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Council signs up to Climate Local Commitment

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, has demonstrated Bedford Borough Council’s commitment to tackling climate change by becoming one of the first local authorities in the country to sign the 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 which the Council signed in 2007.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford Borough Council is working hard to reduce our carbon emissions by 40% by 2015, through a range of actions which will save local taxpayers £1million per year. We are also one of the first local authorities in the country to sign the Climate Local Commitment and show how seriously we take climate change.

 

“The Climate Local Commitment will support the Council to continue to find new efficiencies and to reduce its impact on the environment and help local residents to do the same.”

 

Bedford Borough Council has been a leading light amongst local authorities in taking action on climate change and reducing energy costs for taxpayers and local community groups. Through its Carbon Management Plan, the Mayor’s Climate Change Fund and projects such as the hydropower project on the River Great Ouse the Council has taken real action on climate change locally.

 

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.

 

The Council will work with the LGA over the next few months to set a suite of local commitments which will cover topics such as renewable energy, fuel poverty and sustainable transport.

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