Monday, 30 November 2009

Cutting the Council's Carbon Footprint

Teignbridge was amongst the first councils to develop a Carbon Management Programme in association with the Carbon Trust in 2007. The Council has reduced its energy demand by an impresive15.7% equating to a saving to council taxpayers, of £86,816 annually.

By investing in a new refuse fleet equipped with the highest specification of energy efficient engines, the Council has been at the forefront in terms of a refuse collection. This has also been significantly enhanced by the use of tracker devices to maximise collection sounds efficiencies. The recycling rates achieved are amongst the best nationally making Teignbridge exemplar to others.

The most significant achievements to date have been in the Leisure Centres, which are our highest energy users with a reduction in excess of 174 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

The work done to date by the Council’s Energy Efficiency Officer will save the Council £570k worth of energy costs over the course of the next 5 years, which is equivalent to our total energy budget for one year.

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