Legal requirements in the Climate Change Act 2008 provide the starting point for central and local government to significantly improve the energy efficiency of residential accommodation across the country. The Act sets specific targets for reductions in carbon emissions and the Carbon Plan, published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in December 2011, sets out how the Government aims to achieve these reductions. Delivering ambitious carbon reduction plans and addressing fuel poverty can only be achieved with the full participation of local government. The Government is committed to local authorities setting their own priorities, ambitions and any related targets as they are best placed to assess local needs and judge what will achieve significant improvements based on their particular local circumstances. In recognition of this, the Government, under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA), has requested that each local authority produce a ‘further report’ setting out the energy conservation measures that the authority considers likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area, thereby contributing to a reduction in fuel poverty. The HECA Further Report sets out the energy conservation measures that West Lancashire Borough Council considers practicable, cost-effective and and likely to result in significant improvements in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in the borough.
Reports on the progress made in implementing the measures set out in the further report will be provided at two yearly intervals up to and including 31 March 2027.
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