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01 Nov 2010 10:11:07

Local low-carbon fuel budgets 'should be set up'

Local low-carbon fuel budgets 'should be set up'
Low-carbon fuel budgets should be set by the UK government, according to Friends of the Earth, which was responding to news of a new £1.4 billion investment programme and draft plan for regional growth.

Business secretary Vince Cable invited firms and public private partnerships to bid for funds from the Regional Growth Fund, which is meant to boost sustainable economic growth in the UK.

However, Friends of the Earth said that the money should be solely given to low-carbon projects.

"New growth must not come at any price - the government should learn from past mistakes and ensure that cutting carbon, creating green jobs and protecting wildlife are at the heart of rebuilding the economy," said campaigner Paul de Zylva.

He added that introducing a local carbon budget plan would see councils and businesses co-operate to cut emissions and develop a prosperous economy to benefit all.

The launch of the plans by Mr Cable came at the same time that a white paper set out 24 Local Enterprise Partnerships, which will replace the outgoing Regional Development Agencies.ADNFCR-1235-ID-800208124-ADNFCR

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