Nick from Big Green Smile has written an interesting post on how the Government is rewarding communities trying to stop climate change:
Communities battling to stop the ecological damage of climate change could receive a share of a £10 million government fund.
Twenty successful communities will receive funding from the Low Carbon Communities Challenge, which will be used to pay for energy saving measures chosen by the residents themselves, such as electric car charge points.
If measures put in place by the project are successful at cutting emissions on a local scale then they could be rolled out nationally.
Currently around one-quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions come from powering heating, lighting and electrical appliances around the home, and this number needs to fall to almost zero by 2050 if the country is to meet government energy saving targets.
The Government also wants to see around 40 per cent of energy produced by low carbon sources by 2020.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, explained that the project is a chance for communities across the county to play their part in tackling climate change.
He said: “The UK has the most ambitious emissions reduction commitments in the world and projects like this will develop the policies we need to be successful.”