UK Cities Focus on Energy Efficiency but More Needed

THE UK’s major city authorities all plan to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and infrastructure, but a new study reveals a chasm of difference in climate change preparedness.

A study by scientists from Newcastle University discovered that all the local authorities from the 28 that were studied and contacted intend to improve energy efficiency, with 93% planning renewable energy and 83% looking to complete renewable heat projects.

All the authorities surveyed plan to cut emissions, but by varying amounts from 10% through to 80%.

Newcastle University’s Dr Oliver Heidrich who led the research said: “Although cities of all sizes across the UK acknowledge climate change is a threat, there is considerable spread of measures in place and huge inconsistency in policy between areas and against national and international targets.”

London was found to have one of the most advanced strategies in place, mitigating the impact on climate change particularly through energy efficiency and saving and increasing the use of renewables and the introduction of greener modes of transport.

Picture of London's City Hall by Son of Groucho from Scotland (The South BankUploaded by Snowmanradio) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday 13th September 2013

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