14:20 Tuesday 12 February 2013

Part-night lighting helping authority to cut emissions

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

John Allsop John Allsop

PART-NIGHT street lighting in South Derbyshire is helping a council to cut its carbon emissions.

Derbyshire County Council has said it has made a good start towards meeting a target of cutting its carbon emissions.

The authority made a commitment to cut its CO2 emissions by 25 per cent between 2011 and 2015.

In the first year, cabinet heard on Monday, levels have been reduced by omore than 5,000 tonnes (6.5 per cent).

If similar reductions are made every year then the 2015 target will be met.

Councillor John Allsop, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for recycling and technology, said: “With energy bills rising it’s important we consider ways of making savings.

“As our carbon emissions have reduced, so too has our energy bill.

“The work also shows our firm commitment to the environment.”

Use of electricity, gas, oil and solid fuel went down from about £8.8 million in 2010/11 to about £8.1 million in 2011/12.

Overall, the greatest success has been by reducing staff travel – with the majority of departments meeting targets.

The biggest challenge over the next couple of years will be to further cut electricity use and efforts will be made in this area.

Progress is already being made with a part-night street lighting scheme and reducing the overnight lighting of county council headquarters, County Hall, in Matlock.

The installation of solar panels and other energy efficiency projects, including the installation of more efficient lighting in council buildings, will also help.

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