Council cuts water usage and petrol mileage in drive to go green
- Credit: Gregg Brown
Council workers have cut how much water they use and their petrol mileage as part of a drive to hit new environmental targets.
The initial findings of West Suffolk Council's new Climate Change Task Force have recorded a 14% rise in its use of renewable energy on last year, and a 66% rise since 2012/13, alongside recycling 52.4% of its office waste - up 9% on 2017.
Business mileage dropped by 9% since 2017 and by 34% since 2010, with water consumption down nearly 14% since 2010.
The council's cabinet, due to meet on Tuesday January 14, will study the findings and be asked to support recommendations on ways the council can reduce and measure carbon use and explore new ways of environmentally friendly working.
West Suffolk Council leader John Griffiths said: "We have a strong track record on reducing greenhouse gases and being environmentally friendly.
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"But we can, of course, always do more and that is why the Environment and Climate Change Task Force was set up."
Immediate suggestions included moving to green energy to run council vehicles and buildings.
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Councillors will also look at tree planting programmes.