North Lincolnshire Council is adopting a new Carbon Management Plan to reduce its carbon footprint more. A target to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 per cent over the next five years has been set – a potential cost saving of £4m.
In 2009, the council’s Carbon Management Plan set a target of reducing CO2 emissions across its buildings and operations by 33 per cent by 2015/16, which was successful and met in 2014.
By 2016/17 carbon emissions had reduced by 48 per cent. This reduced energy consumption equates to a cost saving of around £12.4m.
In comparison then, in 2008/9 the total carbon emissions were nearly 34,000 tonnes and by 2015/16, this had reduced to 18,200 tonnes.
The new Plan contains a five year programme that has potential to deliver significant savings and reduce carbon emissions. The following areas have been identified to achieve this:
- LED street lighting and LED lighting in buildings
- Further adoption of renewable technologies and investigation of batter storage technology
- Promotion of energy awareness in schools, businesses and the wider community
- Biomass pellet and water frameworks
- Business and Community Energy Action Plans
- Low carbon transport
Some of the projects have already been agreed such as LED street lighting, which is currently underway.
Cllr Richard Hannigan, Cabinet Member for Safer, Greener and Cleaner Places, said: “We are fully committed to dealing with the impacts of climate change and reducing our carbon footprint. We want communities to be involved and benefit financially from carbon management and as such we are exploring low carbon community energy initiatives.
“The new Carbon Management Plan will build on the successes of the previous plan. Since 2009 we have reduced our carbon emissions by 48 per cent, which is a significant amount. However, we know this can be reduced more.
“The new five year programme will not only reduce our carbon footprint, but it will deliver further cost savings. This will help us meet some of the cost pressures we face over the next few years.”