Switching over to green energy

Last July the county council declared a climate change emergency and pledged to do more to reduce its carbon footprint and be kinder to the environment.

Over recent years we have made some big changes and reduced our carbon footprint by moving staff out of old inefficient buildings and introducing biomass boilers in Staffordshire Place, but we know that we still need to do more. 

One of the things we’ve done, more recently, is switched to green energy in all our buildings, as well as streetlighting and traffic signals across Staffordshire.

Making this switch means the council’s annual carbon usage has reduced by a total of 24,000 tonnes. Added to a saving of around 19,000 tonnes achieved previously for reducing the amount of buildings in use and switching to smart street lighting, this means the council has reduced its carbon output by nearly 43,000 tonnes.

Green energy comes from natural sources such as sunlight, wind, rain and geothermal heat and are much more environmentally friendly. These energy sources are naturally renewable, as opposed to fossil fuels that create more pollution and are a finite resource.

We know there’s much more to do and we continue to look for new ways of addressing the issue across all council functions and departments. And, as well as looking at our own contracts and processes, we will continue to work closely with our district and borough partners and continue to lobby Government and consider the implementation of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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