Borough of Poole reduces carbon emissions by more than 11 per cent

The borough of Poole has reduced their carbon emissions by 11.08 per cent since April 2009.

The savings come after the council launched a Carbon Management Plan in 2008, setting a target of reducing its carbon footprint by 25 per cent by April 2013.

The carbon reduction so far has already resulted in a financial saving of over £136,000, reflected in the 2009/10 utilities expenditure.
Carbon reduction projects including fuel efficient driver training for the council’s fleet vehicle drivers, the conversion of light fittings in street bollards to LED lighting and route optimisation of refuse and recycling vehicles have already been completed.

The council also has a volunteer team of more than 50 known as the Carbon Reduction Energy Wardens, who are responsible for encouraging other staff members to be as energy efficient as possible, such as switching off lights, printers and computer screens when not in use, which has resulted in the bulk of savings.

Councillor Don Collier, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: "The council recognises that it must play a leading role in reducing CO2 emissions in Poole and these savings are an early indicator that we are rising to the challenges of the need for greater energy efficiency."

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