Local government 'must take the lead' on energy efficiency policies

19th August, 2013

Council leaders have a key role to play in implementing the government's energy efficiency policies.

This is according to the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), which has claimed schemes such as the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will only succeed if local authorities take the lead on their delivery.

Regarding the ECO, APSE chief executive Paul O'Brien claimed councils can play a key role in creating schemes that involve communities and public and private partners, which can make the most of the project's estimated 1.3 annual budget.

"Success of the Green Deal also depends upon take up and local government is in a pivotal position to influence communities," he added.

According to the APSE, some councils are unaware of the important role they need to play in energy efficiency and this needs to change.

Steve Cirell, a local government lawyer and APSE associate specialising in renewables and climate change, warned local authorities who leave the Green Deal and ECO to the market may come to "rue" their decision.

Source: http://www.odgersberndtson.co.uk/gb/news-knowledge/news/article/local-government-must-take-the-lead-on-energy-efficiency-policies-7060/

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