Reducing carbon emissions

Mayor Dave solar panels

Reducing carbon emissions is important to me – it always has been. I am proud Bedford Borough has led on this in many respects, and indeed won awards. We need to do more and we need to do it quickly.

Back in 2011, we announced our target to reduce the council’s carbon emissions by 40 per cent, via our bold Carbon Management Plan.

We have so far reduced carbon emissions in council buildings by 62%!

We have supported a wide range of energy-saving, carbon-cutting projects from solar panels on village hall roofs to insulated doors at a church to upgraded heating systems in schools. We have recently relaunched the Climate Change Fund to enable us to continue supporting similar projects.

Our new Climate Change Committee has recently agreed the baseline for our carbon emissions of 7,276 tonnes for 2018/19. We are committed to reducing this to net carbon neutral by 2030.

We have already undertaken a number of renewable energy generation projects such as solar panels on council building and the Archimedes screw on the River Great Ouse and have replaced our street lighting with LEDs.

At the most recent meeting of the Climate Change Committee we agreed to switch to a renewable electricity contract and will replace our fleet with electric vehicles over the coming years. We are also looking at increasing our generation of renewable energy.

I am keenly aware reducing the council’s emissions is only part of the solution and we will be working with local business, charities and the voluntary sector as well as local residents to help encourage everyone to reduce emissions. To this end, I am asking you if you have any ideas – big or small – on how we can reduce emissions, please do send me your suggestions to

This is a monthly guest column provided by
Mayor Dave Hodgson and published unedited.

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