Councils' green targets scheme slow to take off

Two years on from the launch of the national indicators framework, the task of monitoring councils’ environmental performance remains an inexact science. Further years’ data are required before a clearer picture can emerge, finds David Carr

Street cleaners in Birmingham, picture from AlamyBack in 2008, dozens of local councils in England adopted ambitious new environmental targets based on 12 wide-ranging environmental indicators.

These targets were part of the new system of local area agreements (LAAs), in which groupings of local councils defined the specific indicators where they would strive for improvements (ENDS Report 402, pp 31-33). LAAs could choose up to 35 of the new indicators to focus on from an eventual list of about 180, covering a spectrum of economic, social and environmental performance.

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