Bedford Borough Council beats its carbon reduction target Photo by Francesco Casalino on Unsplash

Bedford Borough Council beats carbon target

In 2011 Bedford Borough Council set a target of reducing carbon by 40%. The Council has announced that it has gone even further and has reduced carbon emissions by 53% since 2009/10.

Bedford Borough Council Mayor, Dave Hodgson, said:

“It is vital that the Council does its bit to protect both the local and wider environment and through hard work and targeted measures, we’ve achieved dramatic results in cutting our emissions.”

Works across the Council’s buildings have included lighting upgrades and the installation of solar panels. Also, Borough Hall has been converted from oil fired boilers to a biomass boiler.

Other council projects include updated lighting at Lurke Street, Queen Street and River Street car parks. The council reported that the Queen Street upgrade produced a 50% saving in one year.

The Mayor said:

“The vast array of measures we’ve taken to cut our carbon emissions have both reduced our environmental impact and saved taxpayers money.”

Small businesses can save money by reducing carbon footprint

The Carbon Trust says that most businesses could use a lot less energy. Even low and no-cost actions can usually reduce energy costs by at least 10% and produce quick returns.

The Trust says that a 20% cut in energy costs represents the same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales in many businesses.

Upgrading inefficient equipment, heating systems, changing lighting to LEDs and extra insulation can help to reduce energy usage.

Although this could mean a significant upfront cost, Rob Hatcher, manager public sector team at Carbon Trust said that small businesses have to think about the savings in the long run.

He said:

“An LED bulb may be two or three times more expensive than a traditional light, but if you look at how long that light bulb will last and how much lower the energy usage is, the overall lifecycle cost is much lower.”

Rob says that households can also reduce bills by using smart meters. These make energy consumption visible and can show how small changes can reduce monthly bills.

For more information visit the Carbon Trust’s website.