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Energy saving improvements make the county greener

County's future is looking greener thanks to council changes

County council reaches its greenhouse gas emissions target
Changing street lights to LEDs has helped the council reach its greenhouse gas emissions target. Pictured is Brian Ferbrache and Councillor Blake Pain

A number of energy-saving improvements have seen us reach our greenhouse gas emissions target four years ahead of schedule.

Our performance for 2016-17 saw us achieve more than a 37 per cent reduction in emissions across the county, smashing our original 34 per cent target set for 2020-21. 

The most significant decrease was attributed to reduced gas use in buildings, as a result of a biomass boiler being installed at County Hall.

Other factors include:

  • Our scheme to change street lights to LEDs, resulting in a fall in energy consumption;
  • A decrease in electricity and gas consumption following a review of our buildings and an investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy; and
  • A reduction in emissions from our vehicles.
 

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.

 

Saving the environment has also saved us money. We pay a fee for each tonne of carbon we emit from energy use. The cost for 2016-17 was £261,100 – around £62,000 less than the previous year.

We are currently reviewing our environment strategy in an attempt to further reduce carbon emissions and make savings.

Pam Posnett, cabinet member for environment, said: “Our aim is to protect and enhance the environment across the county and improve the quality of life of residents.

“It is fantastic to see our schemes and improvements contributing to this. The future looks greener for Leicestershire.”

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