Reducing the County Council’s carbon emissions
"We will reduce CO2 emissions from Council Operations by 34% by end 2021 from 2008/09 levels"
Leicestershire County Council has developed a Carbon Management Programme with the support of The Carbon Trust
. The Programme requires all parts of the Council’s operations to find ways to cut carbon through practical projects or changes to policy and practice.
The Council has adopted a Carbon Management Plan
which outlines how carbon savings will be made. In light of the progress on carbon reduction to date this revised Plan demonstrates how the Council can meet its longer term target and sets out a detailed plan of actions and investment.
What we have already done...
- Calculated the Council’s own carbon footprint
- Reduced our street lighting energy bill
- Worked with schools to reduce their energy use
- Bought cleaner vehicles
- Used computer software to switch off computers automatically when not in use
- Reduced the number of printers and paper used
- Cut the number journeys taken by fleet vehicles
- Reduced the number of business miles travelled
- Used technology to help mobile and flexible working and reduce the need to travel
- Cut the number of buildings used for County Council operations
- Installed new energy meters to help us to monitor and reduce our energy use
- Run staff awareness campaigns to encourage people to switch off unwanted equipment
Our focus for the future includes...
- Improving the management of fleet vehicles to reduce fuel use
- Making the most of our building management systems for energy efficiency
- Exploring ways to save energy in our computer data centre
- Using more energy efficient lighting in traffic signals
- Considering the use of renewable energy in Council buildings
- Improving the energy efficiency of our offices and other sites