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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 officially launched.

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 landfill.

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 room.

 

“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 of:

 

  • 39,867 tonnes of carbon dioxide
  • £7,959,619

 

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.

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