Residents trust councils to tackle climate change

New LGA polling has found that councils are trusted the most to take action on climate change and make a difference in local areas on reducing carbon emissions.

Published to coincide with the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow last month, the survey found 40 per cent of residents trusted their council most to address the climate emergency, followed by the Government (28 per cent) and world leaders (15 per cent).

The LGA has set out an ambitious plan for councils to deliver green infrastructure projects in local communities where, with the right investment and support, councils could retrofit more than 1,000 homes a day with low-carbon efficiency measures by 2030, reducing energy bills by nearly £700 million a year.

Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman, said: “As leaders of local communities, it will be local governments in our cities, towns and rural areas across the world who will be driving the collective action required to address the climate emergency.

“Our ambitious plan shows how councils can go further and faster tackling climate change, and, as our polling shows, councils are the ones who are trusted the most to get on and deliver for their residents. 

“Councils are rooted in the places where people live their lives and businesses do their business, and know their communities better than anyone else. This is why they are best placed to lead the way towards a net-zero future.”

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