Energy saving projects prompt emissions drop

Leicestershire County Council has seen its carbon dioxide emissions fall by 34 per cent in the past 12 months, thanks to a number of energy-saving projects.

The council’s performance for 2017/18 showed that carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by over 7,000 tonnes alongside a 29 per cent reduction in the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated from its operations.

Much of this decrease has been attributed to reduced gas use in buildings, as a result of a biomass boiler being installed at County Hall, as well as the council’s scheme to change its street lights to LEDs, which has resulted in a 68 per cent reduction in carbon emissions since 2014/15.

Other factors include a decrease in electricity and gas consumption following a review of council buildings and an investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy and a 23 per cent reduction in emissions from the council’s fleet vehicles.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We are committed to cutting energy use, reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change. It is very encouraging to see the positive improvements that have been made over the last year, and we will continue to build on this success as we work towards a greener future for the people of Leicestershire.”

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