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Council's cutting its carbon.

REDCAR and Cleveland Council is urging its staff to make energy-saving New Year resolutions in the battle against climate change - and make a start on the road to saving millions of pounds in costs.

The council's Cabinet member for the environment Sylvia Szintai said: "We can all help.

"We can start to turn off the lights when we're the last person to leave a room, we can remember to turn our computers off at the end of the day."

The council has been selected to be part of the Carbon Trust's local authority carbon management programme, a 10-month project helping councils save money on energy to use elsewhere.

Now the council has a carbon management team and a programme board and is asking staff for "a high level of commitment".

The council is examining the effect of carbon emissions on all operations, ranging from energy use in buildings, lighting, waste and vehicles.

Cllr Szintai explained: "We have set a challenging aspirational target of reducing our CO2 emissions by 40% by 2014, which would avoid costs to the council of pounds 4.5m. That demands we put measures in place to save around 10,000 tonnes of carbon."

The council aims to finalise a Carbon Management Plan by March.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2010
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