Please email or write a letter to your MP, and if you can another to Chris Huhne and David Cameron, asking for an amendment to include setting up of Local Carbon Budgets in the second reading of the Energy Bill. You could also arrange to lobby your MP directly at his constituency office.

Postal address: MP’s name, House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA.

E mail addresses: 

steve.brine.mp@parliament.uk
george.hollingbery.mp@parliament.uk
chris.huhne@decc.gsi.gov.uk

David Cameron, 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA
or you can send him an email bygoing to https://email.number10.gov.uk/ and following the directions. 

Please tell david.knight77@ntlworld.com if you would like to take part in a collective lobby of your MP at their local constituency office. To arrange speak to Steve Brine at his constituency office please ring 0207 219 7189 or George Hollingbery on 01962 734076.

Points to make:

1. Britain currently has ambitious national greenhouse gas emission targets and national carbon budgets but no effective mechanism for achieving these.
2. We are calling for an amendment to the Energy Bill to introduce Local Carbon Budgets as a simple, efficient, effective and fair mechanism to help achieve national emission targets and national carbon budgets.
3. Local Carbon Budgets would help councils to coordinate action to create local green jobs, boosting local economies, cutting fuel bills and making cleaner greener places to live.
4. Local Carbon Budgets have wide support.

You are free to use any or all of the following text in your letter but using your own words is likely to have more impact.

Although Britain leads the world in setting rigorous national legally binding greenhouse gas emissions targets and 5 year carbon budgets, the country lacks effective tools for staying within these appropriately ambitious goals. It is very unlikely that the European Emission Trading Scheme can deliver for Britain and European the reductions in emission from fossil fuels dictated by both the latest science on climate change and by rapidly rising prices. Accordingly we are calling for an amendment to the second reading of the Energy Bill to instigate Local Carbon Budgets as an effective and practical tool for cutting emissions.

We are therefore calling for an amendment to the Energy Bill to introduce Local Carbon Budgets to make action on climate change a core duty of every council and for local emissions cuts to be more ambitious. The amendment would require each local authority to play a full and fair part in reducing total annual emissions made locally within the perimeter of their authority. These reductions would be in line with national emission targets and carbon budgets and would be based on advice from the Committee on Climate Change and based on the latest scientific evidence. The amendment would entail the setting of local carbon budgets, devising carbon reduction action plans, putting them into practice, and evaluating their success at keeping each authority within their carbon budget.

Local Carbon Budgets would help councils to coordinate action such as clean energy, green travel and home insulation – creating local green jobs, boosting local economies, cutting fuel bills and making cleaner greener places to live.
The concept of Local Carbon Budgets is supported by Councils around the country (and from all political parties) Change Act targets. Other supporters of Local Carbon Budgets include the National Federation of Women’s Institute, TUC , Unison, Friends of the Earth and Winchester Action on Climate Change.

Locally, Winchester Action on Climate Change's Science and Technology Advisory Panel have worked on the development of Local Carbon Budgets by devising simple methods for setting fair targets and for measuring local emissions.

More information on Local Carbon Budgets at http://www.foe.co.uk/community/campaigns/climate/local_carbon_budgets_24589.html