15th Oct, 2019

Council near bottom of climate table despite saying its 'ahead' on green issues

REDDITCH Borough Council, which is aiming to position itself as ‘ahead of the curve’ on green issues has finished towards in the bottom of a league table of climate friendly local authorities.

Drawn up by the pressure group Friends of the Earth, each council was assessed in different categories including renewable energy, public transport, lift-sharing, energy efficiency at home, waste recycling, and tree cover to find an overall winner.

Friends see local authorities as having an important role in cutting carbon emissions and solving the climate crisis, however it says most are doing too little, and even the better performing ones can do much more.

It wants to see more action on all things from eco-heating to e-bikes and transport to tree planting.

Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth chief executive, said: “All local authorities, even the best performing, need to ramp up what they are doing. We know we are facing a climate and ecological emergency that threatens our existence and the natural world. If we want to change things for the better, let’s start at home.

“Doing things right now about climate change isn’t just good news for future generations and people most vulnerable to an erratic climate, it’s good for everyone.

“Creating cleaner and greener places to live means healthier, happier lives.”

Last week Redditch Borough Council belatedly declared a ‘climate emergency’ and failed to set a date for going carbon neutral.

Out of more than 360 local authorities, Wiltshire came top with a score of ‘92 per cent’ on Friends of the Earth’s climate index.

Stratford and Wychavon scored 68 per cent, Bromsgrove 64 per cent with Redditch bumping along with 52 per cent, 21 places from the bottom.

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