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Friday, 24 August 2012

Brent Council's Falling Carbon Emissions

It has been a while since I updated on Brent Council's carbon emissions.  The Labour administration set a tough target of a 25% fall by 2014.  As far as I know our Tory/Liberal Democrat predecessors had no target at all.

In 2009/2010, Brent Council had emissions of 34,421 tons (carbon dioxide equivalent). In 2011/2012 this had fallen to 30,821.  The biggest fall in emissions has been through the Council proper, which has seen tonnage go down from 9,255 to 6,988 over that period.  Schools have a smaller drop from 17,215 to 16,070.  Hopefully, this will improve as schools become more aware of the financial benefits of lower energy use. 

The most hopeful thing is that we have yet to move into Brent's new Civic Centre, which as a BREEAM Outstanding building, will have a far lower rate of energy use than our current portfolio.

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