28 Jan 2009 05:01:01
Local authorities call for CERT reform
Local authorities have recommended reforming the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) as part of a Green New Deal that will create a low carbon economy and 150,000 new jobs.
A report from the Local Government Association (LGA) has called for CERT, which obliges energy suppliers to cut customer emissions, to "make way for a council-led" insulation initiative.
It also calls for the government set up a national energy loans fund to help homeowners to install insulation and microgeneration devices.
Another recommendation included in the publication is that councils be given the power over business rates so they can offer discounts to businesses that meet low-carbon standards.
Together with devolving decision making about green funding to sub-regional partnerships as well as employment and skills budget, the report claims these measures would generate 150,000 new jobs.
Sir Jeremy Beecham, the LGA's vice chair, said: "Creating a low carbon economy will create thousands of new jobs, support small businesses and develop new markets. At a time when we are seeing more and more redundancies, a Green New Deal would boost the economy and help fight fuel poverty."
The latest round of CERT, which will run between 2008 and 2011, obliges energy suppliers to cut lifetime carbon dioxide emissions by 154 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent to emissions from 700,000 homes each year.http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/aio/1509491