County reduces its carbon footprint
DEVON County Council is exceeding its green performance targets, according to a report before the Executive. It states that the council is progressing well with its carbon management programme. An estimated 422 tonnes of carbon have been saved through a
DEVON County Council is exceeding its green performance targets, according to a report before the Executive. It states that the council is progressing well with its carbon management programme. An estimated 422 tonnes of carbon have been saved through a series of measures including the installation of a voltage optimiser at County Hall and upgraded street lighting in parts of Devon. Further savings of around 701 tonnes of CO2 are expected through other measures such as the new biomass boiler at County Hall in Exeter and voltage optimisers at Great Moor House and Barnstaple Civic Centre.The sum of �2million has been made available to provide energy saving measures at the county's schools, which account for around 50 per cent of the authority's carbon footprint. County Hall has already received a 'C' rating energy certificate which is above average performance for a listed building.Devon has also been supporting the Devon Warm Zones project, helping people to take up energy efficiency measures in their homes through an award winning promotional TV campaign.The Global Action Plan initiative, which Devon joined four years ago, is also proving successful with staff volunteering to encourage colleagues to reduce waste, recycle more, improve energy efficiency and use sustainable transport.The county council has been working in partnership with district and unitary councils to exceed the 50 per cent recycling target a year early. Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: "I'm proud that Devon County Council is achieving its green targets sooner than expected and that is one of the many reasons why we have been judged to be a four star authority. With the support of our communities and other partners we are recycling more, reducing our carbon footprint, improving the local environment and making our roads safer. Staff and local residents must take credit for helping make Devon even greener.