Environmental Audit Committee Report

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4271
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Does the Mayor support the Environment Audit Committee report on "Progress of Carbon Budgets" and its recommendation that local authorities should have a statutory duty to produce low-carbon plans for their area?

Answer

Answer for Environmental Audit Committee Report

Answer for Environmental Audit Committee Report

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The public sector has a very important role to play in helping the UK meet its Carbon Budgets both in leading by example and developing programmes that will support activity more widely to reduce carbon emissions. 

Guidance was issued by DECC in July 2012, under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (HECA), that required all English authorities with housing responsibilities to prepare a report by 31st March 2013 setting out the energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area.

In London we have set a 60% carbon dioxide reduction target and our partnership working with London Boroughs in areas wider than just residential accommodation will be essential as we make progress towards that target and also look to secure the economic opportunities that this low carbon growth represents for London.