11th Dec, 2016

County Council's CO2 emissions target is missed

Joshua Godfrey 9th Sep, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has cut its CO2 emissions by almost a quarter in five years but fell short of reaching their target.

As part of their Carbon Management Plan, council chiefs had hoped to slash the authorities’ emissions from operations and activities by 30 per cent between 2009 and 2016.

However, the county council has announced it has cut its emissions by 23 per cent over the lifetime of the plan.

The authority managed to reduce its emissions by investing in solar panels, lighting improvements and lighting controls, as well as replacing old street lighting with LEDs and part-night switch-off.

Coun Anthony Blagg, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment, said ‘there is still work to be done’ to reduce the county council’s CO2 emissions even further.

“This reduction of nearly one quarter of our emissions from 2009/10 is a very significant achievement,” he said.

“Whilst we narrowly missed the target of 30 per cent, this was an ambitious aim and one that demonstrates our commitment to reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions now and in the future.

“There is still work to be done, but this is a fantastic start and we’re now preparing a new Energy and Carbon Reduction Plan to continue our efforts to further reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions over the next 5 years.”