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Cotswold Council Pledge To Tackle Climate Change

Cotswold District Council has laid down a marker in a bid to tackle climate change with a pledge to cut carbon emissions by a quarter by 2015.

The Council has recently produced a comprehensive 76-page ĎClimate Change and Carbon Management Planí, where it pledges to help the environment by cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 25% in six yearsí time, making an overall financial saving on energy expenses of over £1.5 million.

It is also anticipated that achieving this target Ė through partnership working with The Carbon Trust and other local authorities and energy efficiency bodies Ė would result in a cumulative saving of over 6,000 tonnes of CO2.

This will be achieved by a range of different energy-saving projects, including installing a pool cover to conserve energy at the Councilís leisure centre at Bourton-on-the-Water, the installation of more energy-saving lighting across the Council and a reduction in the number of meeting agendas distributed to Council staff.

There are also initiatives to switch computers screens off when not in use, reduce the number of desk-top printers across the Council, to print documents on both sides of a page, and make sure lights are switched off when staff leave a room.

The work will be carried out across the Council, including projects with the Councilís five leisure centres and the Corinium Museum, and will aim to improve emissions from buildings as well as through the Councilís transport fleet and business mileage.

Cotswold District Councilís Cllr Mark Tufnell, portfolio holder for the environment and the political sponsor of the Carbon Management Plan, said: "The Councilís Climate Change and Carbon Management Plan is a strategic action plan bringing together work to reduce the Councilís carbon footprint and tackle the growing pressures from increasing energy expenditure.

"The Council looks forward to taking advantage of the opportunities presented by climate change, whilst addressing the risks it presents, and delivering the benefits of carbon management across the District."

Kirsty Merritt, Cotswold District Councilís Climate Change and Carbon Management Officer, said: "Since the Council first got involved with the carbon management programme there has been a lot of support for the work and the long-term aims that could be achieved.

"Itís great to see so many Council workers getting involved and engaged with the project and I hope that we can maintain this momentum."
Cotswold District Council first got involved with the issue of carbon management after signing up to The Nottingham Declaration in February 2008, a public declaration that the Council would play its part to tackle climate change.

The Council then successfully applied to take part in the sixth phase of the Carbon Trustís Local Authority Carbon Management Programme, joining the scheme in April 2008.

Posted : 15/04/2009 10:44:55

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