Northampton Borough Council has been ranked 24 out of 2,097 organisations in the UK for the work it has done to successfully reduce its carbon emissions.
The 2011/12 performance league table has been published today by the Environment Agency which has been logging the carbon emissions of all large non energy intensive organisations in the UK’s public and private sectors. An organisation’s position in the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme league table reflects its actual performance in reducing carbon emissions and its measurable commitment to reducing emissions going forward.
Since pledging to cut its carbon emissions at the end of 2009 Northampton Borough Council has worked hard to reduce its carbon footprint. Over the past three years projects have included relocating staff into two main office buildings, insulating offices and installing state of the art LED lighting in car parks.
By the end of 2012 the council had managed to cut its carbon emissions by 38 per cent and was one of only a few local authorities in the country to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for a second time. The standard is awarded by the Carbon Trust to organisations that have shown real, measurable reductions and a clear commitment to reducing energy year on year.
In addition to reducing its own carbon emissions, the council has improved the energy efficiency of its housing stock and been actively promoting a number of energy saving schemes to local businesses and households to help them save energy and money on fuel bills.