Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face today. As the level of government closest to local people, England’s 9,000 parish and town councils have the opportunity to play a big part in reducing the emissions that cause climate change.

Under the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 town, parish and community councils have wide powers to promote energy saving in their communities.

This guide is intended for residents, clerks and councillors who wish to gain an introduction to their council's powers relating to climate change and energy saving.


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Legal Background

Powers for local energy saving measures



This guide is indicative and not definitive, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list of legal requirements. If in doubt legal assistance should always be obtained.


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