Council reducing carbon footprint

Coun John Stirling celebrates the 'highly commended' success with Mike Keenlyside (left) and Paul Nelson (right) from the council's Environmental Sustainability team.
Coun John Stirling celebrates the 'highly commended' success with Mike Keenlyside (left) and Paul Nelson (right) from the council's Environmental Sustainability team.

Innovative ways to reduce North Tyneside Council’s carbon footprint have been recognised nationally.

The council has been praised by energy industry experts for making strides in its approach to cutting carbon in its buildings, vehicles and street lights.

It has received ‘highly commended’ status in the prestigious Public Sector Sustainability Awards for the ‘Best Energy Management Project’ and the ‘Best Sustainable Public Sector Organisation’ categories.

The council has reduced its carbon consumptions by 15 per cent in the past four years and is well on track to realise its target of a 34 per cent reduction in its carbon footprint by 2015-16.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member responsible for sustainable development, said: “I’m extremely proud that North Tyneside Council has been honoured in this way.”

“By investing in major energy saving measures and working with our partners and our staff we are successfully slashing our carbon use and our energy bills.”

The council has embarked on a number of major investment schemes to cut energy use, this includes; installing LED lighting in public buildings, investment in ‘dimming and trimming’ street lighting and improving energy efficiency in its schools, leisure centres and sheltered accommodation.

It has also worked in partnership with other agencies to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint, including North Tyneside Warm Zone which has insulated over 16,000 homes saving residents £2.3m a year on fuel bills and approximately 395,000 tonnes of carbon over the next 40 years.