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.