Norwich makes carbon footprint reductions


NORWICH City Council has significantly reduced its carbon footprint, as shown by new statistics.

Latest figures, which cover the financial year ending on 31 March 2019, show a 2.5% decrease in carbon reductions relating to council operations.

This further progress brings the city council’s total reductions to 59.6%, against a 2007 baseline.

Councillor Dr Kevin Maguire, Cabinet member for safe and sustainable city environment, commented on the news: “Improving our environmental impact is an absolute priority for the council, and I’m glad that our ambitious target of a 40% reduction has been met and comfortably surpassed.

“We will continue to take steps to improve even further in this regard.”

The city council’s achievements in reducing its energy use have received national recognition this year at the EDIE Sustainability Leaders Awards in February and the Energy Management Association Awards in November.

The council’s Environmental Strategy Manager, Richard Willson, added: “We are always seeking new opportunities to reduce carbon emissions across the council’s portfolio of assets.

“For example, currently we have an ambitious LED lighting project being implemented at St Andrew’s Car Park. This is part of a wider project to improve the efficiency of all council premises.”

Norwich City Council is currently drafting its next Carbon Management Plan and Environmental Strategy, where the target for the next phase of carbon emissions reductions will be set to 2023.