Council To Reduce Carbon To Avoid Charges

A staggering £400,000 could be the price that South Tyneside council bosses will have to pay, should they fail to achieve massive carbonemissions cuts.

2010 will see the carbon trading scheme be introduced, implying that councils will have 12 months to bring down bills before the Government imposes steep financial strikes to the most inefficient, and rewards the best performers.

A league table would ensure that wastful councils get named and shamed, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and that their bills be increased.

With the current pollution levels in North East England, councils would have to pay out more than £5 million between them in the 1st year as a result of everything from inefficient heating systems to running heavy diesel vans. Energy efficiency is a key answer to significantly reduce problematic carbon emissions.

Bosses have been advised that paying those bills will have to come before allocating cash for any other services.

With the highest population in the region, Sunderland Council faces trading permits estimated at costing £700,000 while Northumberland Council said it could have to set aside £594,230. North Tyneside also faces a £387,684 bill.

Newcastle Council's most recently available figures show it could have to hand over more than £700,000 to cover the cost of pollution that comes as a result of running a major city authority.

Tuesday 29th December 2009

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