Council cuts its carbon use

THE borough council says it has reduced its carbon footprint and is predicting even more cuts in the coming months.

Officials at North Tyneside Council say they have reduced their footprint by hundreds of tonnes in the past year due to reduced electricity and gas consumption as well as the amount of diesel used by its vehicles.

Meanwhile, latest government figures show a fall in CO² emissions across North Tyneside as a whole.

Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for transport and the green environment, said: “This is encouraging news.

“We have set an ambitious target to reduce our carbon footprint and these results show that we’re making good progress.

“However, we’re not complacent and recognise we need to keep working hard to protect our environment and be more sustainable.”

Since April 1, 2011, the council has reduced its CO² emissions by 600 tonnes; reduced electricity consumption by 6.5 per cent, gas consumption in its main buildings by 20 per cent and fleet diesel usage by 1.1 per cent.

Measures have included collecting refuse and recycling over four days instead of five; a vehicle fleet renewal programme; using energy efficiency lighting and running energy awareness campaigns.

A further reduction of 1,900 tonnes CO² emissions is predicted by the end of the current financial year – March 2012.

And the most recently published figures by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show a 23 per cent reduction in CO² emissions in North Tyneside since 2005.

The borough’s carbon footprint was 1.142 million tonnes of CO² emissions in 2009 compared to 1.446 million tonnes in 2005.