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Council top of climate friendly list.

Stafford has been named among the top three most climate-friendly councils in the West Midlands - with Dudley coming at the bottom.

The councils were assessed in different categories including renewable energy, public transport, lift-sharing, energy efficiency at home, waste recycling, and tree cover to find an overall winner.

Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stafford, and Telford & Wrekin topped the table, each scoring 76 per cent. Wolverhampton rated 64 per cent, followed closely by Sandwell and Cannock Chase, both at 60 per cent.

Walsall, which rated 48 per cent, and Dudley, which scored 44 per cent, were in the bottom eight in a list of all 340 local authorities in England.

Friends of the Earth, who commissioned the survey, said local authorities had an important role in cutting carbon emissions and solving the climate crisis - but most were doing too little. Even the better performing councils could do more.

From eco-heating to e-bikes, transport to tree planting, more should be done, said the green group. Dudley's low scoring was attributed largely to a failure to increase public transport use as well as the lack of tree cover in the borough. More public infrastructure would help people switch to greener journeys, said the group.

The research means that anyone can look up how climate-friendly their local authority is, how their area compares to similar places and what climate action is most needed.

Chris Crean, Friends of the Earth's West Midlands campaigner, said: "The rail services in Dudley are especially poor so that's only one area where national government needs to ramp up the pace of change, invest in infrastructure, and support authorities."

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
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Date:Oct 3, 2019
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