Bolton Council officially commits to reducing of carbon emissions this week with the launch of a Carbon Management Plan on Friday (19/06).
The plan sets the authority a tough target of reducing their CO2 emissions by a third by December 2013.
With the support and guidance of the Carbon Trust and the council’s continued strong relationships with local partners, stakeholders and customers, the council will be improving its operations, functions and practices to ensure that they are taking responsibility and contributing to a cleaner and greener Bolton.
Key improvements to help reduce carbon omissions include reducing carbon emissions from buildings and street lighting by introducing the use of renewable energy resources and the reduction of emissions from their vehicle fleet by reducing miles travelled.
The council has already made some key improvements, including the installation of Photovoltaics (solar) systems at The Valley School in Astley Bridge, Queensbridge School in Farnworth, Ucan Centre in Halliwell and Cherry Tree School, Farnworth; the installation of devices which automatically turn off equipment which is not in use and the upgrading of transformers in key buildings equating to £600 saving per week; the installation of voltage optimisation equipment in buildings within the town centre which has reduced electricity consumption and made savings of £2,000 per week; installing a ground source heat pump at Leverhulme Community Sports Club and waterless urinals in a number of the council’s offices.
And in addition to the use of energy saving technology, the project team has worked hard to get council employees on board. Staff have been encouraged to do their bit to save energy and costs and reduce their impact on Bolton’s environment – by turning off all equipment instead of leaving on standby and even using the stairs instead of the lift.
An army of green champions, made up of staff who are particularly keen to be green and encourage their colleagues to keep doing their bit, is also being put in place.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir Ismail, Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, said: “By showing people how simple it is to do their bit at home and at work towards reducing our impact on the environment and save costs, we hope to increase staff engagement in the aims of the carbon management plan.
“Together with an innovative plan for reducing the amount of energy used and increasing our efficiency, I see no reason why the target of we have set ourselves cannot act as a catalyst for even more innovative ideas and some positive results.”