Lincolnshire County Council ranks in top 10% for reducing carbon emissions
A local authority has been ranked as one of the most successful bodies in the country for reducing carbon emissions and energy efficiency.
Lincolnshire County Council was ranked in the top 10 per cent of more than 2,000 organisations.
In the year ending March last year, it had reduced its carbon emissions to 50,166 tonnes, from 77,561 in the previous year. This cut carbon tax payments by a third – from £930,000 to £600,000.
As a result, the council jumped from 1,064th place in Performance League Table (PLT) last year to 170th.
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Produced by bodies including the Environment Agency, the PLT ranks the performance of participants in the Government's CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.
The authority said a future rise in carbon tax, from £12 a tonne of CO2 to £16, made energy efficiency even more significant.
The PLT ranked private and public sector organisations based on a combination of measures related to carbon emissions, calculated through buildings energy use, and monitoring activities.
Lincolnshire County Council clocked a 35 per cent change in emissions.
Lincolnshire Co-operative came 498th in the list, the University of Lincoln came 1,329th and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust came 1,965th.
The Environment Agency said it hoped other organisations would follow the county council's example.
A spokesman said: "We believe the UK must invest in cleaner energy and greener technologies to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
"It is good to see that the council is taking measures to reduce its carbon emissions and we hope that others will be inspired by their stance.
"We all have an impact on the environment through our use of resources and burning fossil fuels for everyday activities such as driving cars and heating our homes.
"If we all try to make the most environmentally sustainable choices in our lives then we can make a real difference."