Walsall steps forward with plan to cut carbon footprint
Walsall Council has launched its Carbon Management Plan which it will use to reduce its CO2 levels by 30% by 2014.
The plan, which is supported by The Carbon Trust, identifies ways in which the authority can reduce its carbon emissions that are under the council's direct control. These include carbon emissions from council buildings such as schools and libraries, fleet vehicles and street lighting.
The need to manage carbon emissions has become increasingly important as the full impact of the effect that emissions have on changes to the earth's climate has become apparent.
As energy and fuel costs continue to soar, the plan is recognition of the council's reaction against these pressures. As well as helping the authority to reduce its energy consumption across its buildings and services, the council will seek to lead local residents, businesses and organisations towards the goal of a low carbon borough.
Climate change is an issue which affects us all and we need to be aware of the environmental impact caused by carbon emissions.
This plan contains a series of recommendations aimed at reducing the council's carbon footprint which in turn will have an impact on addressing issues such as noise pollution, congestion and air quality.
By reducing energy and fuel consumption in council owned properties and vehicles we will also be able to make significant efficiency savings and cutting our costs.
Walsall first demonstrated its commitment to tackle climate change when it signed the Nottingham Declaration in November 2006. The authority soon adopted a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan which considers the actions it needs to take in response to the challenge of climate change.
The council already has carried out an energy audit of its worst performing buildings. It has introduced a number of schemes to reduce its energy costs such as replacing aging air conditioning units with more efficient systems in various buildings. Energy efficient lighting has been introduced at a number of schools and plans are afoot for a number of carbon-reduction schemes over the next couple of years.
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