Preston ‘needs to do more’ about emissions

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Preston is lagging behind in reducing carbon gas emissions, according to a new report.

Research by the Centre for Cities think tank puts Preston as the 10th highest in terms of emissions per capita.

It comes 55th out of 64 cities according to the research.

Accounting for over 80 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions, CO2 emissions are one way to gauge how “green” a city is and the size of its carbon footprint. Hastings is said to be the best and Middlesborough the worst. Preston rated 6.6 on CO2 emissions per capita on a national average of 6.9 .

The report also highlighted the UK’s economic recovery is widening the gap between London and other cities, with almost 10 times more jobs being created in the capital than the next best area.

London accounted for 80 per cent of national private sector employment growth between 2010 and 2012.

For every public sector job created in the capital, two have been lost in other cities, the study found.

While London is “booming”, cities and towns such as Bradford, Blackpool and Glasgow have seen jobs lost in private and public sectors, said the report.

There has also been a significant number of jobs created in private firms in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Liverpool which have helped offset the impact of public sector job cuts.

In the two years to 2012 there were 216,000 private sector and 66,300 public sector jobs created in London, compared with losses of 7,800 and 6,800 in Glasgow, said Centre for Cities. Other cities where jobs have been created in private companies included Nottingham (8,900), Brighton (6,400) and Aberdeen (4,900), but they were all hit by cuts in public sector employment.

The report said: “London remains the UK’s economic power house and is pivotal to the UK’s future success.”

Cities minister Greg Clark said cities were essential for national prosperity “in a world where cities are increasingly competing against others around the world for jobs and investment”.