47% of councils have no plans for reducing emissions from built assets

Local authorities in England are not prepared to deal with climate change, it seems, following a freedom of information request from engineering services trade body ECA.

24 housing writes:

93 out of 214 local authorities (43%) say that they don’t measure all energy use in relation to their built assets, which include housing, facilities, offices and other council-owned buildings.

That is according to a freedom of information request from engineering services trade body ECA.

47% of councils say they do not have a plan in place for reducing the carbon emissions resulting from their built assets.

ECA Energy Advisor Luke Osborne commented: “It’s highly concerning that almost half of local authorities do not know how much carbon they are responsible for or have a plan in place to reduce this amount moving forward.

“Unless there is an imminent step change in their approach, it is inconceivable that councils are going to become carbon neutral in less than 30 years. There is a lot of rhetoric out there…”

More positively, 166 councils (78%) say they are planning towards net zero operation by 2050…

Read more at UK Construction Week….

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