Leicestershire hits emissions target four years early

As a result of a number of energy-saving improvements, Leicestershire County Council has reached its greenhouse gas emissions target four years ahead of schedule.

The council has reported a 37 per cent reduction in emissions across the county, outperforming its original 34 per cent target set for 2020-21.

This is mainly attributed to reduced gas use in buildings, changing street lights to LEDs, a review of electricity and gas consumption in buildings, an investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy; and a reduction in emissions from the council vehicles.

Byron Rhodes, deputy leader of the council, said: “I am delighted that we have reached our greenhouse gas emissions target four years earlier than expected. We are committed to cutting energy use, reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change.”