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UK cities pledge emission cuts

Britain’s biggest cities have pledged to cut their green house gas emissions over the next two years, beginning by making buildings more energy efficient.

John Shipley, leader of Newcastle City Council, announced that the Core Cities Group comprising eight major regional cities, would work with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and the Greater London Authority to reduce the emissions of its cities.

The two-year partnership will see the councils of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield initiate a number of projects, starting with improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

Mr Shipley said: “This gives us the chance to demonstrate our commitment to addressing climate change, show leadership, and show that we are acting together to reduce carbon emissions across all our cities on a big scale.”

Ira Magaziner, chairman of the Clinton Climate Initiative, said: “We will provide the cities with technical support and assistance, building on our experience working with other cities around the world that are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

In partnership with CCI, London has already initiated the retrofitting of 42 buildings in the first stage of the Building Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP), with 58 more to follow suit.