Renfrewshire Council is doing its bit to tackle climate change by adopting bold new targets to cut the organisation’s carbon footprint over the next...

Renfrewshire Council is doing its bit to tackle climate change by adopting bold new targets to cut the organisation’s carbon footprint over the next six years.

Councillors have this week agreed a carbon management plan to cut the council’s CO2 emissions by 36% over the period from 2014 to 2020.

It is estimated that the council generated more than 52,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2012/3 from buildings, transport, street lighting and waste.

Under this plan, that will be reduced to 33,000 tonnes by 2020 thanks to a range of initiatives, which will also deliver cost savings for the council by lowering fuel bills.

They include energy-efficiency upgrades to council buildings such as new boilers and renewable energy projects, increased recycling rates, investment in fuel-efficient vehicles, better use of LED street lighting and work to ensure all staff are aware of how they can help.

The council had already reduced its carbon emissions by 28.5% from 2008 to 2014 – making it one of only two councils in Scotland to hit a national 25% target.

Councillor Terry Kelly, convener of the council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said: “We are taking this action now because we recognise that climate change is one of the biggest issues affecting the world and one that could have far-reaching effects on our children and grandchildren.

“We have already achieved good results in reducing our emissions, but this new plan will take that work to a new level.

“We want to lead by example in doing our bit to cut carbon emissions and the council will be working with our community partners to support their efforts to tackle climate change and to help us create a greener, cleaner environment for all who live here.

“And in an era where public spending is being squeezed, it is also important that we explore every avenue to cut our costs and ensure we can target resources to delivering services make the biggest difference to people’s lives.”

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