WCC cuts CO2 emissions by almost a quarter

Published Wednesday, 7th September 2016

Worcestershire County Council has cut its CO2 emissions by almost a quarter in just over five years.

The County Council has been actively trying to reduce CO2 emissions from operations and activities for a number of years. In 2010 the Council partnered with the Carbon Trust and produced its second Carbon Management Plan which set a stretching and aspirational target to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% from 2009/10 to 2015/16.

The mission then, as it still is now, was to embed CO2 reduction, energy efficiency and cost savings through activities and service delivery.

The Plan included projects to reduce emissions from Council buildings (e.g. from heating and electricity consumption), street lighting electricity use, fleet fuel use and staff mileage; as well as supporting Highways and Waste contractors to reduce their emissions from their buildings and transport.

Worcestershire County Council is proud to announce that it has reduced its CO2 emissions by 23% over the lifetime of the Plan.

Cllr Anthony Blagg, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment said: "This reduction of nearly one quarter of our emissions from 2009/10 is a very significant achievement. Whilst we narrowly missed the target of 30%, 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."

The CO2 savings were realised through a number of projects over the last 5 years, including:

· Investing in energy efficiency improvements in Council buildings using internal Spend to Save Fund for solar panels, lighting improvements and lighting controls, and valve insulation amongst others

· Installing smarter metering in buildings in order to closely monitor energy usage

· Replacing old street lighting with LEDs, dimming and part-night switch-off

· Reducing staff business mileage

· Making better use of property and sharing sites with partners where appropriate

· Fuel management and driver training system in WCC fleet buses

· Engagement with Ringway and Severn Waste Services to encourage CO2 reduction through their fleet vehicles and buildings

· Instating Sustainability Champions at WCC sites