45% Reduction in Carbon Emissions Kick Starts Broxtowe’s Green Futures Programme

45% Reduction in Carbon Emissions Kick Starts Broxtowe’s Green Futures Programme

19/05/20 - Broxtowe Borough Council has kick started its Green Futures programme with news that it has reduced its own carbon emissions by 45% since 2009.

The Green Futures programme is part of the authority’s plans to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2027 at both the Council and the Borough as a whole. It follows a Council motion in July 2019 to declare a Climate Change Emergency. Green Futures logo

The Council’s reduction, which takes it from 4242 to 2328 tonnes, has been achieved as part of a Carbon Management Plan which saw over 60 projects undertaken including:

  • Introduction of solar panels on Council buildings
  • LED lighting
  • More accurate metering
  • Reduction in printing devices and encouraging online channels
  • Improvements to our fleet including electric vehicles and finding ways to extend the life of vehicles
  • Redesign of refuse rounds to reduce fuel usage
  • Rationalisation of buildings
  • Installation of combined heat and power units

Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee, Councillor Helen Skinner said: “Climate change is one of the biggest issues we face as a Council, as a Borough and across the world, so I’m very pleased that the Council has achieved this reduction in emissions so far.

As a Council, we’ll be continuing to work hard to reduce our carbon emissions even further. I know that the environment is a very important issue for many of our residents and I hope that they will engage with us on tackling climate change and help us reach our target of net zero.”

The Council will now be working on a new Carbon Reduction Strategy for the authority, including assessing the footprint of its supply chain.

Work to help reduce the overall carbon emissions of the Borough will also take place over the coming months including:

  • Working with community groups and schools
  • Raising awareness of how residents can reduce their carbon footprint
  • Working with businesses to become more sustainable

You can find out more at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/greenfutures

 


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