Hampshire County Council has cut its carbon emissions by more than a third in the last six years, it was revealed last week.
In total the authority has cut emissions from 54,200 tonnes in 2010 to 34,813 tonnes this year – saving £2.9million in the process.
Hampshire is attempting to cut its emissions total to 32,500 tonnes by 2025, with the current savings being achieved by a programme of carbon reduction projects across the council’s buildings.
As well as good energy saving habits adopted by staff and pupils in Hampshire’s schools, maintenance improvements, such as re-roofing projects and boiler and lighting replacements, have contributed substantially to the saving.
The successful installatation of 23 Solar Photovoltaic systems across council buildings is also now delivering annual savings of £45,000.
Executive member for economic development, Cllr Mel Kendal, said: “The considerable reduction in our carbon emissions not only protects the environment, but also enables the county council to make further savings on energy costs and generate income from the national grid through renewable technologies.
“If this progress continues at the same rate, I’ve little doubt we’ll achieve our ambition to make further positive reductions, and likely exceed our 2025 target. “This is great news for Hampshire taxpayers and the environment.”