The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has made a commitment to help address climate change by officially signing the 'Nottingham Declaration'.
Authorities that sign up to the declaration pledge to tackle climate change in their area and help the UK deliver its national climate change targets.
In signing the declaration, the Authority has agreed to develop plans with partners and local communities over the next two years to address the causes and impacts of climate change which include extreme weather conditions and flooding.
The NLWA will also work with all sectors and businesses in the local community to conserve energy, reduce waste and cut congestion.
The declaration was signed today by Chair of the NLWA Cllr Clyde Loakes, Vice Chair Cllr Keith Moffitt and Cllr Andrew Harper, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at Barnet Council.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the NLWA, said: "Climate change is the biggest threat to our long-term well-being and the Authority has a key role to play in responding to this challenge.
"We have already made a commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle more waste in the area and signing the Nottingham Declaration is a further step on the road to a more sustainable future."
Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, which administers the Nottingham Declaration, said: "We are delighted that the North London Waste Authority has shown its commitment to climate change and signed this very important declaration. Climate change is occurring and will continue to have far reaching effects on the UK's people and places, economy, society and environment."
The North London Waste Authority is now developing an action plan detailing what it will be doing to tackle climate change. This action plan is expected to be completed in 2009.
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The Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change
The declaration represents represents a high-level, broad statement of commitment that any local authority can make to its own community. The declaration was originally launched in October 2000 at a conference in Nottingham with 200 leaders, chief executives and senior managers of UK local government.
The North London Waste Authority
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) was established in 1986 and is the waste disposal authority for Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. This means its primary function is to arrange the transport and disposal of waste collected by these boroughs. It is the second largest waste disposal authority in the country.