Council determined to lead the way on climate change

Wind power and new street lighting will help Redcar and Cleveland Council continue to lead by example on energy efficiency and climate change.

The council has reduced its emissions by over 40% since 2014, a report presented to cabinet outlined.

A motion passed by councillors in March declared a climate emergency and committed to attempting to make the borough carbon neutral by 2030.

The council’s annual energy and carbon report has now explained how:

• The authority’s carbon emissions have reduced by a further 16.7% when measured against 2017-18, and by a total of 42% since 2014-15

• Further reductions will be recorded in the next report as Teesside Wind Farm now supplies the council’s electricity

• Street lighting around the Borough is being replaced with low energy LED bulbs which will reduce emissions from streetlights by at least 50%.

Other ongoing projects include installing LED lighting in council buildings, replacing inefficient gas boilers and upgrading insulation.

Councillor Steve Kay, cabinet member for health, housing and welfare, said: “We’re proud of the progress the council has made in reducing our own emissions.

“We believe it is our responsibility to do all we can to reduce our carbon footprint and we’re determined to lead by example and influence others both locally and nationally.

“The council is reducing our consumption of gas and electricity, increasing our use of renewables and installing improved insulation to keep our buildings warm.”

The council is currently updating its Environmental Strategy and a cross-party Task and Finish Group is working on the authority’s response to climate change.

Items being considered by the group include a widespread tree-planting strategy and improvements to public transport networks.

A further report is due to be presented to the council later in November.

 

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