Government are not doing enough on Carbon Reduction

Published on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:14
Posted by Scott Buckler

As The U.N. climate change conference in Doha, Qatar (COP 18) takes place this week Govtoday has found that 82% of people charged with managing carbon reduction within Local Authorities and Universities believe the Government are not doing enough to reduce carbon emissions

60% of those surveyed believed a binding emission target would help boost an ailing economy.

The survey carried out by Govtoday also asked a wide range of energy managers, environment managers and heads of Estates at both Local authorities and Universities how much their organisation spends annually on Carbon Reduction Initiatives. Over 50% of those surveyed said they spent less than £10,000 of their annual budgets per year on carbon reduction, with 21% saying they spent more than £250,000 per annum.

The findings come on the eve of what many believe is a make or break time for climate change agreements. After a disappointing conference 12 months ago in Durban, quickly followed by further economic uncertainties, many countries have placed Climate Change at the bottom of their priorities. Tropical storm Sandy went some way to re-opening the eyes of many sceptics, even prompting Republican Mayor Bloomberg to offer his endorsement to Barack Obama following his attempts at reducing carbon consumption. However, in the UK many of those at the forefront of carbon reduction are less confident with only 18% believing the Government are doing a good job of managing carbon consumption.

Scott Buckler, Editor at Govtoday commented on the findings saying;  " We have seen a real frustration amongst our audience who feel let down by the Government's attempts to manage carbon consumption. We have also seen a decline in spending on carbon reduction initiatives, over half of those surveyed admitted to spending less than £10k per annum. Surprisingly we have seen an increase in spending from Universities with many spending over  £1 million per annum."

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