Council is first district authority in Leicestershire to sign up to Climate Local commitment

Blaby District Council is the first district authority in the county to sign up to the Climate Local commitment.

Council Leader Ernie White signed the document on Friday December 21, which pledges to take action in a changing climate.

The aim of Climate Local is to help councils across the country capture the opportunities and benefits of action on a changing climate, through saving on their energy bills, investigating renewable energy, attracting new jobs and investment in ‘green’ industries, reducing flood risks and managing the impacts of extreme weather.

By signing up Blaby District Council has made a commitment to help its community to be smarter about their energy use, deliver services that are resource efficient, and ensure council buildings and operations use clean energy and are well prepared for the impacts of a changing climate.

Councillor Ernie White, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “In signing this commitment we will set locally-owned and determined actions to reduce carbon emissions, and publish this along with our progress, enabling local communities to hold us to account.

“We will share the learning from our experiences and achievements with other councils, and regularly refresh our commitments and actions to ensure they are current and continue to reflect local priorities.”

Councillor Guy Jackson, Chairman of Leicestershire Together Environmental Hub, said: “I’m extremely pleased to see that Blaby District Council has signed the Climate Local and join Leicestershire County Council as authorities that have signed up in Leicestershire.”

The Climate Local commitment replaces the former Nottingham Declaration, which Chief Executive Sandra Whiles signed in December 2006.

For further information on Climate Local visit www.local.gov.uk/the-lga-and-climate-change

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