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Are you doing enough to tackle CO2 emissions?

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LGC Viewpoints panelists respond to key issues

"In October the annual conference of our county wide local strategic partnership, Hertfordshire Forward, will be dedicated to climate change. So yes, we are taking a lead."

Keith Shephard Interim head, strategic partnerships unit, Hertfordshire CC

"Yes, we're doing loads. Household recycling in Chorley is now at 50%, but we are still aiming higher. We are developing a green technology centre and eco-village."

Donna Hall Chief executive, Chorley BC

"My hope is that we also focus more on the consequences of climate change, especially as those who will suffer the most have done the least to cause it. I am convinced local government will rise to this challenge, but will others?"

Charles Meakings Head of policy and research, Wycombe DC

"We have taken several measures to reduce energy consumption and have just completed a carbon audit. We don't just talk hot air, we do something about it!"

David Hill Chief executive, Ashford BC

"With councillors now more interested we have a chance to take a lead. Whether it is reducing energy consumption, transport or generating green energy, there is much to be done. We must all nurture the industries that will support change."

Terry Parker Director of commerce and technology, Huntingdonshire DC

"It's more a matter of central government waking up to the massive impact that councils could make in reducing carbon emissions. Councils can lead the way in tackling climate change."

James Hulme Head of communications, New Local Government Network

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