The power and responsibility to make this transition is shared across society. However, local government has a pivotal role to play in the process. To date, most local authorities have focused on reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of their estate and related operations. Yet whereas an average council produces at least 30,000 tonnes of carbonper annum, an average local authority area in England has a Carbon Footprint totallingover one and half million tonnes.

To help local authority officers assess the situation in their area, and identify and mobilise action in their organisation, WWF-UK and the Stockholm Environment Insitute have jointly developed The Right Climate for Change, a new report offering the following:

  • the carbon footprint and how it relates to ecological footprinting;
  • how the carbon footprint can be used as a community emissions indicator;
  • what the carbon footprint tells us – the national picture;
  • data and analysis of the carbon footprint associated with different local authority types;
  • an overview and baseline analysis of the carbon footprint associated with the way people live – focusing on consumables, housing, food, and transport;
  • the levers available to local government and the possibilities for change;
  • a framework for climate change mitigation in the community.

The report has been produced using the Stockholm Environment Institute’s REAP tool.