Wakefield Council set to beat target on carbon emissions

Date: 15/09/2015
Ref: PR 5034

Wakefield Council is on track to beat its own carbon emission target for 2015/16, according to a Cabinet report being discussed on September 22.

The report updates progress on the Council's carbon management plan (CMP), showing that the 11.11% annual emission reduction target for 2015/16 has been achieved halfway through the year.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, deputy Leader of the Council with responsibility for regeneration and economic growth said the report was very encouraging.

"Since we launched the carbon management plan two years ago we have made good progress, reducing energy consumption in council buildings and in schools and so reducing our carbon footprint.

"It is important that the Council, as a leading employer in the district, sets an example for others to follow. We are making sure council staff are aware of the need to save energy, setting targets for building managers and using gas instead of coal for heating.

"Future work will include reducing energy used for street lighting and ensuring that the new property and facilities management partnership project ensures continued reductions in energy use and carbon emissions.

"It is really important that we work with our partners, our staff and businesses, as well as engaging with the public so that together we can make the whole district cleaner and healthier for all of us."

Cllr Jeffery said if the Council failed to reduce its carbon footprint, carbon taxation and energy costs would rise and impact on other public services.

A key project for future emission reductions will be the street lighting energy development project  to cut carbon emissions by 8,367 tonnes by 2019/20, reducing costs by £1.29m a year at today's prices.

Further work is also being done on the viability of a Wakefield city heat network project to provide low carbon, energy efficient heating for the Council  buildings, as well as other domestic and business premises.