Government support for community partnership is best way forward to meet Climate Change and quality of life challenges of 21st century

July 6th, 2010 by Richard Lord

The Sustainable Development Commission will publish the “The Future is Local: Empowering communities to improve their neighbourhoods” on 12 July.  Meanwhile The Executive Summary is available for download.

The report finds that failing to upgrade our local infrastructure will have a negative effect on all areas of life, hampering our ability to deal with climate change, future housing and transport needs, ill health and unemployment.

“The report argues that we need to focus on more than energy efficiency if we are to gain the full economic, environmental and social benefits of efforts to improve neighbourhoods.”

The report states the best way for the Government to ensure that our villages and towns can meet the challenges of the 21st century, given the current economic climate, is to support a neighbourhood partnership approach.  “Communities all over the UK are already finding out that working together is the best way to make things happen, and enjoying the social, financial and practical benefits along the way.”

The report calculates that it will cost a minimum of £210 billion to retrofit all UK homes to meet an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, as mandated by law.

Guernsey’s current population is about 1000 times smaller than the UK’s population.  It also has about 1000 times fewer homes.

If the average cost of retrofitting a home is similar for Guernsey this would equate to a required minimum investment of £210 million to retrofit all Guernsey homes to bring them up to a standard to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions.

For more information please view the press release on the Sustainable Development Commission website.

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