Council's carbon footprint reduced


DUNDEE City Councilโ€™s carbon footprint has been reduced by 6% in the past 12 months according to new figures.

The reduction, highlighted in a report approved by councillors last night (Monday), is the fifth consecutive year that there has been a drop.

John Alexander convener of Dundee City Councilโ€™s policy and resources committee said: โ€œThese figures are a tremendous achievement when you consider that each year it gets more difficult to make significant reductions because the quick and easy hits have already been attained.

โ€œBut our role isnโ€™t just to reduce our own carbon footprint it is also to act as a leader and influencer, encouraging other public and private sector bodies across the city to follow us and reduce their emissions.

โ€œThis reduction will contribute to our aim in Dundee of reducing carbon emissions by 40% by the year 2030, in line with the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.โ€

Cllr Christina Roberts, the councilโ€™s climate change spokesperson added; โ€œDespite the drop over five years we will not let up our efforts to continue to reduce the level of harmful pollutants in our environment.

โ€œWe must continue to invest heavily in energy efficiency measures across the councilโ€™s properties, expand our electric vehicle fleet and charging infrastructure, construct flood defences and drive forward active travel education programmes.

The Scottish Government plan to increase the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 carbon emissions reduction target to 90% by 2050 and the council along with 150 other Scottish public bodies has a duty to contribute to delivering the target and reporting annually on their actions in tackling climate change.

This yearโ€™s report and those from previous years, are on the Sustainable Scotland network website

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