Crawley council exceeds carbon reduction target

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The borough council has announced its buildings’ carbon usage has fallen.

A spokesman said the 24 per cent reduction since 2010 exceeded its 20 per cent target.

Council graph illustrating the performance against the long term goal contained in the Carbon & Waste Reduction Strategy to be zero carbon by 2050

Council graph illustrating the performance against the long term goal contained in the Carbon & Waste Reduction Strategy to be zero carbon by 2050

Colin Lloyd, cabinet member for Environment Services and Sustainability, said: “This is excellent news – back in 2010 we were using 7,302 tonnes of carbon and over just five years we’ve managed to reduce that by 1,777 tonnes to 5,525.”

The council has installed solar panels on the Town Hall, Metcalf Way Depot and K2 Crawley; LED lighting in the Town Hall car park, The Hawth and K2 Crawley; rationalised the council’s vehicle fleet and journeys; BREEAM excellent Bewbush Community Centre replaced the older centre and other energy efficiency programmes at The Hawth and K2 Crawley.

A council spokesman said the fall will help the authority become a ‘zero carbon council’ by 2050.

The authority was working towards setting a new 20 per cent reduction target for 2020. It has plans for projects such as working on communal areas of Crawley Homes properties; more LED lighting installation and initiatives to change behaviour.

Mr Lloyd said: “It is vital we continue to work with urgency to reduce our environmental impact in the quest to become a zero carbon council by 2050.

“This also sets a fine example for residents and businesses and other organisations in Crawley.”

The council has appealed for suggestions for CO2 reduction across the town. Email LA21@crawley.gov.uk

For more information on energy saving visit www.crawley.gov.uk/energy

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