the new local area agreement regime.
Bill Stow, director of strategy and evidence at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, said he was “very pleased” at the take-up of two of the key performance indicators (PIs) relating to climate change.
He said initial analysis showed that about two-thirds of councils had selected in their basket of 35 indicators the PI based on cutting carbon dioxide emissions in their buildings, operations and services.
Mr Stow said he was particularly heartened by councils’ willingness to embrace the cross-community target, under which councils will be measured on falls in the percentage of carbon dioxide produced by households, local businesses and transport in their areas.
“It is really encouraging that two-thirds of local authorities are showing leadership on the issue of climate change,” Mr Stow said.
Councils are entering the final phases of negotiations with the government on the final make up of their LAAs, which are due to be signed off by the end of June.
Andy Johnston, head of the Local Government Information Unit’s centre for local sustainability, said the popularity of the climate-change PIs reflected bottom-up pressure from an increasingly eco-conscious electorate.