Launch of Carbon Reduction Plan to Save £8million
A programme of cross-council initiatives, designed to save
nearly £8million of local taxpayers’ money by 2015, has been
The Carbon Management Plan contains a range of
new initiatives and proposals which aim to significantly reduce the
Council’s carbon emissions as well as saving money. If the
Council took no action to cut its emissions the cost to local
taxpayers would be over £6 million, in contrast to the near-£8
million saving expected through the Carbon Management Plan.
The Carbon Management Plan has been designed
to help Bedford Borough Council reach its aspirational target of
reducing its carbon emissions by 40% by 2014/15.
The proposals to meet this target have been
developed with the support of the Carbon Trust who accepted Bedford
Borough Council, amongst strong competition, into Phase 8 of their
Local Authority Carbon Management Programme in May 2010.
As part of the commitment to reducing carbon
emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, the Council is also now
holding a further trial of biogas vehicles across the borough.
These are fuelled by waste methane gas captured from
Introducing this technology in Bedford Borough
would reduce the levels of carbon emissions in the borough as well
as reducing our reliance on costly fossil fuels – saving money for
local taxpayers. Similar technology is already being used across
Europe and North America
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“The Council’s Carbon Management Plan will deliver real savings to
our carbon emissions as well as our energy costs.
“The plan has already identified significant
cost savings, through invest to save schemes. These include
introducing more efficient hand dryers as well as installing
low-energy lighting which switches off when no one is in the
“At a time when the Council is experiencing
such challenging financial circumstances it is vital that we are
bold enough to take actions which will deliver savings across the
Council year after year.”
If we are successful in cutting our carbon
emissions by 40% by March 2015, this will equate to a saving
- 39,867 tonnes of carbon dioxide
The Carbon Management Plan is being launched
during Climate Week – a national week designed to raise awareness
of the impact people are having on the planet.