Source: Scotland – Highland Council
Highland Councillors have commended the Council’s ongoing efforts to reduce carbon consumption over the past year.
Members have welcomed the information that the Council has saved over 6,000 tonnes of carbon this year. This comprised 15% of last year’s output.
This significant carbon saving has measured in a real positive outcome of the Council’s Energy Team which equates to £85,000 in savings for the Council.
Finlay MacDonald, Highland Council’s Head of Property & Facilities Management explained: “Everything we are doing cuts across services in the Council – such as deliveries and travel affecting our carbon footprint. We are heavily involved in the installation of LED lighting into schools and offices and replacing our street lighting across the region which has been upgraded to LED so there are actual physical improvements that we are demonstrating in communities that we are delivering on. That will continue with our travel and electric vehicles.”
He added: “How we pull the information together as a council to highlight to communities on what benefits we are producing across different areas and council services is something that we can improve upon. We can show where we are successful and going forward, we will work with council services together to demonstrate the benefits that are being achieved.
“We are also looking at Passivhaus construction to meet strict energy house construction compliance for new builds. Although they will cost more to construct with higher levels required for more air tightness and triple glazing – they will ultimately reduce the cost to the Council on the life cycle of its assets. Collectively we are making savings in the long term for the right reasons, for better comfort, combined with improved user behaviour and consuming less energy which are all improving the council’s carbon reduction commitments.”
Members commended the level or carbon and financial savings being made to the Council.
24 Sep 2020