The ACEVO Commissioning Support Service
• Setting ambitious, legally binding targets: a 26% reduction on 1990 levels of CO2 by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050• Taking powers to help meet those targets• Strengthening the institutional framework • Enhancing the UK’s ability to adapt to the impact of climate change• Establishing clear and regular accountability to the UK Parliament and to the devolved legislatures.
The CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) Energy Efficiency Scheme
Starting in April 2010, the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is the UK’s first mandatory carbon trading scheme. The initialphase of the Carbon Reduction Commitment will be compulsory for organisations that consumed over 6,000 MWh of half-hourly metered electricity during the period from January 2008 to December 2008. At today's prices, this is roughly equivalent to total half-hourly electricity bills of approximately £500,000 per year.
The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (DECC)
This plots how the UK will meet a 34% cut in emissions on 1990 levels by 2020, transforming the country into a cleaner,greener and more prosperous place to live. This is at the heart of the economic plans for 'building Britain’s future' andensuring the UK is ready to take advantage of the opportunities ahead. The Transition Plan is the most systematic responseto climate change of any major developed economy.
Local Authority Performance Indicators
Although the Comprehensive Area Assessment process has been cancelled by the new coalition administration, theNational Indicator Set did include a number of targets for local authorities related to climate change. The National Indicator Set was the main way in which central government performance managed local government. It covered services deliveredby local authorities alone and in partnership with other organisations like health services and the police. Given the coalitionclaims to be the greenest government ever they will have to find an alternative way to encourage sustainable practice andpreparing for climate change amongst local authorities. The indicators that directly related to climate change were:
NI 185 - CO2 reduction from Local Authority operations
A reduction in the emissions produced as a result of all the activities undertaken by the local authority, including thosedelivered by contracted third parties.
NI 186 - Per capita CO2 emissions in the LA area
A reduction in the total emissions produced within a borough per head of population.
NI 188 - Adapting to climate change
How the borough is preparing itself for the changing needs of society in a post climate change world that requires a lowcarbon economy.In addition there are a number of environmental indicators related tot hey types of services that the sector might deliver including NI 192 on household waste recycled and composted and NI 187 on tackling fuel poverty.
Shaping Our Future
The joint ministerial task force on climate change, the environment and sustainabledevelopment, was a joint initiative established in 2009 involving four governmentdepartments: Defra, DECC, OTS and CLG. Involving a huge range of stakeholders fromacross the sector they produced a report which looks at a wide range of topics includinghow the sector can contribute to the building of resilient communities and how the sector will deliver more sustainable public services.