And 47 per cent of 214 English local authorities admit they’ve no plan in place to peg back emissions.
“There’s a lot of rhetoric out there, but very few action plans” said ECA energy advisor Luke Osborne.
Some 23 per cent of England’s councils responding to the ECA insisted they would be carbon neutral as early as 2030. But a quarter even of these are yet to measure their current carbon emissions.
“It’s positive that almost one in four councils are seeking to radically exceed the government’s net zero target by 20 years. But that figure needs to rise significantly,” said the ECA.
The probe suggests some councils are failing to undertake basic energy management. It found four civic HQs were each pumping out 10,000 tonnes of CO2, eight times the town hall average.