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Council exceeds carbon reduction targets

Date issued: 31 July 2017

In under 10 years of carbon reduction work, Colchester Borough Council revealed today that since 2008 it has cut carbon emissions by 55%, making it one of the leading carbon cutting Councils in the UK.

A target reduction of 40% by 2020 was set out in the Council's Environmental Sustainability Strategy in 2015, and this has been exceeded by 15% - 3 years ahead of schedule.

Councillor Jessica Scott-Boutell, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability, said: "This is a significant achievement for Colchester, it shows residents how committed the Council is to reducing its own environmental impact by cutting the amount of energy and fuel it uses over time, even though demand for services is growing.

"We achieved this by developing and implementing a carbon management plan, and while there is no statutory duty to deliver these projects, the Council takes its ongoing commitment seriously."

In 2015, the Council signed a public commitment through the Local Government Associations Climate Local, which has helped the Council to stay focused. The Council has won both regional and county level awards for its Environmental Sustainability Strategy, which explains what action the Council is taking and its plans up to 2020.

For more information about the Councils work around environmental sustainability go to www.colchester.gov.uk/sustainability .

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