Woolas sets out local role

Local authorities are vital to tackling climate change and should set an example to the wider community, climate change minister Phil Woolas urged this week.

His comments came after statistics on regional and local emissions for 2005 showed that nationally almost half could be attributed to the public, industrial and commercial sectors, more than a quarter to domestic energy use and 28 per cent to road transport.

Woolas said: "Estate managers, service providers, community leaders and local authorities are at the forefront of the fight to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the UK. They have the power to make a huge difference and these statistics are a valuable resource to assess how to cut emissions."

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