Welcoming the result, Councillor Mel Kendal, Executive Member for Economic Development said:
“In just six years we have cut our emissions from 54,200 tonnes in 2010 to 34,813 tonnes this year. We’re now accelerating towards our 2025 target of cutting our emissions to 32,500 tonnes, which seemed very ambitious a few years ago."
"The considerable reduction in our carbon emissions not only protects the environment, but also enables the County Council to make further savings on energy costs and generate income from the national grid through renewable technologies. If this progress continues at the same rate, I’ve little doubt we’ll achieve our ambition to make further positive reductions and likely exceed our 2025 target. This is great news for Hampshire taxpayers and the environment.”
Latest figures show the County Council has cut its carbon emissions by 35.8% compared to 2010 figures, and is on track to reach its 40% savings target by 2025 with the ultimate aim of being carbon neutral by 2050.
The reduction in carbon emissions has saved the Local Authority around £2.9 million in avoided energy costs (at current rates) with a further £200,000 carbon tax savings a year.
The emission savings achieved are thanks to an innovative programme of carbon reduction projects implemented across the County Council’s corporate buildings.
Alongside good energy saving habits adopted by County Council staff and pupils in Hampshire’s 500 plus schools, maintenance improvements such as re-roofing projects and boiler and lighting replacements in schools and office buildings, have contributed substantially to the saving. Carbon management is also a key consideration in all new, refurbished and extended building projects designed by the County Council’s in-house Property Services designers and engineers.
The successful installation of 23 Solar Photovoltaic systems across the County Council’s corporate buildings is now delivering efficiency savings of £45,000 per year, and generating 450,000kWh of power annually.
A major programme of street lighting replacement has also contributed strongly to the reductions, by using more energy efficient lamps, reducing burning hours and dimming lights.