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Enfield Council Leads by Example

Published Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Enfield Council has revealed it has slashed its carbon footprint by 35 per cent in the last five years, saving almost £1 million per year on its energy bill.

The news, contained within Enfield Council's Enfield 2020 Annual Report, means that the Council is leading the way amongst UK local authorities in reducing the impact of its operations on climate change. The Council is well on course to meet its target of a 40 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions by 2020.

Recognising that many people struggle to relate climate change to their daily lives, Enfield 2020 focuses on 'What's in it for me?' The campaign uses key messages around saving money by saving energy, creating local jobs, improving our local environment, reducing waste and improving public health. This connects with people and encourages personal responsibility in a way not seen before.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "After comprehensively reviewing the way the Council conducts its business, we have invested more than £6 million to improve the energy performance of the Civic Centre, Charles Babbage House, Millfield Theatre, 11 large schools and Enfield's street lights.

"We have also increased the use of mobile technology and hot desks, whilst reducing the number of Council owned buildings which means that the Council is on track to deliver its target of a 40 per cent reduction in Enfield Council's carbon emissions by 2020, helping us to do our bit to tackle climate change."

Cllr Bond said "The Council takes huge pride in what we've achieved so far. We are not however resting on our laurels. If we're to help combat climate change, we need to also help the borough reduce its carbon footprint. Through our Enfield 2020 sustainability programme, we are making Enfield a better place to live, work and visit."

Enfield 2020 is making a real difference on the ground. There are over twenty case studies now available to download from the Enfield 2020 website. With over 50 large-scale sustainability projects in the Enfield 2020 Action Plan, local residents and businesses are benefitting from this pioneering approach.

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