Responding to NAO’s report on local government and Net Zero in England, Mayor Philip Glanville, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said:
“Today’s paper from NAO reflects the frank reality that local government needs clear, consistent, supportive policies in order to take meaningful action to reach Net Zero targets. The scale of the challenge we face and our ambitions mean that only a truly collaborative approach will do.
“Local government is ready and determined to play our part in achieving a just transition that works in our diverse communities. By working together with government and local communities to develop investment and frameworks that can create sustainable, effective, and community-led responses, we can enact real change from the ground up that will put us on the path to achieving Net Zero.
“London boroughs are already championing and delivering green programmes from active travel to 100% renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions. It is vital that government recognises that local authorities are an indispensable partner in achieving our national climate goals and this must be reflected in the Government’s forthcoming Net Zero Strategy.”