Council cuts carbon footprint

Solar panels being installed at Daventry Leisure Centre. Pictured are Gary Foster & Dale Huntley from EvoEnergy
Solar panels being installed at Daventry Leisure Centre. Pictured are Gary Foster & Dale Huntley from EvoEnergy
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Daventry District Council says it has saved over 1,000 tonnes of carbon emissions since 2008/9 after implementing a range of energy saving initiatives.

The initiatives resulted in DDC saving on its energy costs and reducing its overall carbon emissions by 17 per cent.

The measures include the installation of solar PV panels on the council’s three main buildings in Lodge Road, The Abbey and Daventry Leisure Centre cutting electricity costs by 35 per cent.

Lighting inside The Abbey and outside the main council offices was replaced with new LED lights. A new more efficient gas boiler was installed, and lighting improvements were made at the leisure centre.

Cllr Chris Millar, leader of DDC, said: “Saving so much of our energy and carbon emissions is very impressive and clearly shows that the Carbon Management Plan we put in place has been very effective.

“The various initiatives have not only helped the Council to reduce its carbon footprint, but also significantly cut its energy bills, which is great news for the taxpayer as well as the environment.”

Daventry District Council has also helped other businesses reduce their carbon emissions by sharing beast practice through the Environmental Business Network.