Watford Borough Council is leading by example and cutting its carbon footprint
1st March 2011
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Watford Borough Council aims to reduce carbon emissions by an ambitious 30% over 5 years.


In a meeting on Monday 21st February 2011, Watford Borough Council agreed a plan to cut its carbon emissions by 30%, the equivalent of 1,191.6 tonnes of CO2

It is projected that the reductions will lead to savings of around £110,800 per year over the next ten years.


Watford Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill said: "We are acting as a leader in the community. Reducing our carbon will reduce our operating costs as well as making a positive contribution to the environment."


Sponsor of the Council's Carbon Management Plan, Councillor Derek Scudder explained: "The government has identified the public sector as key to delivering carbon reduction across the UK... This is an exciting new plan that will deliver real benefits to local people."


So, how does the Council plan to achieve this ambitious target? Depot improvements are planned at Wiggenhall, where design improvements such as rainwater harvesting are expected to make savings of 54 tonnes of CO2 in the first year. In addition, insulation work for boiler pipes and no longer using plastic cups in council buildings are among many of the projects contributing.

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