Wyre Forest District Council has reduced carbon emission from its buildings and fleet vehicles by almost 18% in the last 3 years.
It means the authority is on track to reach its target, set out in its Carbon Management Plan, to reduce emissions by 30% over five years from 2010/11. The aim is to combat rising fuel and energy bills and reduce environmental impact.
Cabinet Member Councillor Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said:
“We have put in place various measures to improve the efficiency of our buildings and vehicles and so far these have contributed to a reduction in carbon emissions of almost 18%. . Last year we purchased two new refuse vehicles, each fitted with an electric, rather than a hydraulic, bin lift, along with other fuel saving modifications. Analysis of fuel data for these vehicles shows that, so far, they cost 23p per km less to run than other comparable vehicles. We will continue to include fuel efficiency measures in our vehicle fleet refurbishment programme.’
Other projects have included green driver training for fleet drivers, which has been incorporated into the compulsory driver training programme, and the installation of LED lighting at several sites, which is expected to pay for itself, through savings on electricity bills and maintenance, in less than three years.
Future plans include further LED lighting work as well as heating and insulation upgrades at several sites. All projects are subject to a successful business case being made and opportunities for business to tender for these works will be advertised on our procurement webpage.