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and then there was light!

2 July 2010

There is widespread recognition that local authorities need to be at the forefront of the implementation of community sustainability measures to save energy, reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

Too many organisations seem to be re-inventing the wheel concentrating on policies without showing demonstrable improvements in environmental performance.

The austerity period now to be endured means that for the first time there is increased pressure upon the effective achievement of sustainability measures.

Innovative local authorities will adopt a Total Place approach to identifying new resources by examining their current assets and capital to design effective sustainability measures which can be introduced in their area.

However, few local authorities have embraced the need to implement community sustainability measures to date. Now that the focus on providing public services for less has been put firmly in the spotlight it will be interesting to see whether local authorities will embrace this step change in the short or long term.

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