Respect for reducing carbon footprint

From left to right: Phil Scott, head of environmental services; Paul Nelson, environmental sustainability manager; Tony Turnbull, environmental sustainablity advisor; Michael Keenlyside, environmental sustainability officer; Laura McTaggart, environmental sus

From left to right: Phil Scott, head of environmental services; Paul Nelson, environmental sustainability manager; Tony Turnbull, environmental sustainablity advisor; Michael Keenlyside, environmental sustainability officer; Laura McTaggart, environmental sus

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COUNCIL chiefs are celebrating after receiving recognition for working to reduce their carbon footprint.

North Tyneside Council has been presented with a certificate for completing the Carbon Trust’s carbon management programme.

The initiative sets out a range of projects to tackle greenhouse gas emissions over a five-year period with an ongoing commitment to continue their reduction.

Officials at the council have worked out the authority’s baseline carbon footprint and introduced a target of reducing activity emissions by 34 per cent by 2015.

Coun Ed Hodson, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “It’s crucial that we all work hard to protect the environment we live in.

“And as the local authority, it’s only right that we set an example of how to be more sustainable.

“We’ve set an ambitious target to reduce our carbon footprint and we’ll be working hard over the coming years to implement our programme of action.”

The council’s Carbon Management Strategy outlines more than 80 different ways in which the authority aims to lighten its carbon load by 2015.

All of the measures aim to reduce the council’s energy bill and range from initiatives such as awareness campaigns and cavity wall insulation to larger steps such as a vehicle fleet renewal programme, using energy efficiency lighting and installing voltage optimisation equipment.