Rosie Cooper MP has expressed her concern that West Lancashire District Council will fail to meet its household energy efficiency target. According to the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), West Lancashire is not on track to meet the 30% residential energy consumption reduction target by 2011.
“Every day we hear about the effects of climate change and the desperate need to reduce our carbon emissions. The purpose of this target is for local councils to help combat climate change. As MP since 2005 I have campaigned on the issue of climate change and ensuring we as individuals and as a community take appropriate steps to reduce our carbon emissions.”
“I had hoped the local council would show leadership on such vital issues as climate change. This report from ACE is rather embarrassing. Therefore, I have written to West Lancashire District Council Chief Executive Bill Taylor to raise my concerns. I want to know what steps they are taking to meet this target, and to enquire if sufficient resources have been made available. I want assurances that West Lancashire District Council are seriously committed to action that will help tackle climate change.”
The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (HECA), places a duty on English local authorities to reduce residential energy consumption in their area by 30% over the 15 year period from 1996 to 2011. The aims of the act – which are more relevant today than ever – are to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to help combat climate change whilst reducing fuel poverty.