South Ayrshire Council has become the first local authority to sign up to the Scottish Government-backed Resource Sector Commitment, which aims to help deliver the country's zero waste targets by setting standards for business waste collection.

The scheme has been developed by Zero Waste Scotland in association with the resource management industry and small business representatives.

Glasgow City Council is reportedly planning to start its own energy company to cut costs, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

Scotland's largest local authority currently spends around £26m a year on energy for its estate, including schools, libraries and sports centres, as well as street lighting.

The proposed Glasgow Energy Services Company would generate its own power for lighting and buildings, with surplus electricity sold to the National Grid. 

More than 200 solar photovoltaic panels have been fitted to a multi-storey car park owned by Bedford Borough Council in the first phase of a £1.7m scheme to cut energy costs.

The Re:Fit Project will see outsourcing specialist Mitie make improvements to seven council buildings to reduce their running costs and environmental impact. The improvements are expected to pay back their implementation costs within eight years.

Fife Council is set to convert food and garden waste into renewable electricity and power in a move that could save the authority around £1.2m a year.

The council has appointed Ener-G to supply a combined heat and power (CHP) system for its new anaerobic digestion facility at the Lochhead landfill site near Dunfermline.

Barnet Council has secured £260,000 from the mayor of London's Air Quality Fund.

The authority will use £200,000 to improve air quality in North Finchley town centre by planting a "green wall" with plants specifically chosen to remove pollutants.

The project will also include the installation of cycle bays and charging points for electric vehicles.

The Government should consider introducing council tax discounts linked to a property's energy efficiency to encourage take-up of the Green Deal, a new report has argued.

The study from the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) said that offering a council tax cut for high-performance houses and higher rates for those homes with poor efficiency would be a significant incentive for driving retrofit work due to the broad impact of council tax.

A new recycling campaign is asking local authorities to encourage residents to leave aluminium caps and closures in glass bottles for recycling.

You Can Leave Your Cap On has been launched by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) in partnership with British Glass and the European Aluminium Foil Association, who estimate that around 5,000 tonnes of the metal worth some £2m could be diverted from landfill if recyclers screwed caps back on empty wine or olive oil bottles before depositing them.

Cornwall Council is offering grants to local businesses to help them encourage their staff to take greener forms of transport.

Some 57 per cent of people in the county currently use their car to get to work and the council has set aside £155,000 over the next two years from its local transport plan to provide match funding of up to 75 per cent for facilities or equipment that support more sustainable travel.

This could include remodelling car parks to provide car share spaces, creating secure cycle storage or buying a pool of bicycles for staff to use.

Bristol will European Green Capital for 2015 after winning an international award fr its high environmental standards and sustainable development.

Salford City Council has cut its energy bills by more than £1m since 2007, despite a "dramatic" rise in prices.

Green schemes such as improved heating controls to limit gas use and cavity wall and loft insulation have been used at a range of council-owned buildings, including schools, libraries and leisure centres.

The authority said its energy savings have helped to cut carbon emissions by around 20 per cent.

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