The Council has reduced its carbon emissions, saving £2m to date and meaning good news for the environment and front line services.
In 2008 the Council adopted a Climate Change Strategy and set a target to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020, with an interim target of a 20 per cent reduction by March 2014. The Council’s annual performance report shows a 21.6 per cent reduction, a saving of over 5,000 tonnes of carbon since 2008. This has resulted in financial savings to the Council and its contractors of more than £2m since 2008.
The next milestone will be in 2017 by which time carbon emissions are planned to be down 30 per cent from 2008 levels.
Welcoming the reduction Cllr Tim Ahern, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is good news, not only for the environment, but for residents. The money saved so far helps us to maintain front line services.
“We also want residents to see what they can do to combat climate change, and save some money in the process. I would encourage residents to go to our website and find out more.”