Local government must act “now”


Central government can pass legislation, but local authorities must immediately act to minimise damage to the environment, a senior sustainability advisor has announced

Steve Waller, from the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) for local government, has urged councils and those "on the ground" to work to drive sustainable development.

Writing on the Policy Dialogue website, eGov monitor, he argued: "Faced with a future of extreme weather, higher risks of flooding, as well as potentially lower food and energy supplies, local authorities need to change the way they work, across all services."

The Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZed) in London is a showcase of what can be achieved by applying sustainable methods, he said.

Gordon Brown announced that all new homes built should be zero carbon by 2012, something Mr Waller described as "challenging".

London’s existing business property and commercial lettings can reduce their carbon footprints by switching off computers and lights.

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