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City council reduces carbon emissions by two thirds since 2008

Published on Tuesday, 11th July 2023

New figures show that Norwich City Council reduced its carbon emissions by 7% in a year and has seen a two thirds reduction since 2008.

As set out in a report to the council’s Climate and Environment Emergency Executive Panel, the council’s total annual emissions for the 2021/22 financial year were 3.6 million kilograms of carbon dioxide, a 7% reduction on the 20/21 figure. 

Compared to its 2007/08 baseline year, the council has cut 7 million kilograms of carbon emissions – this is the equivalent emissions of driving a car 32 million miles. 

Having officially declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2019, these latest figures demonstrate the progress the council is making as it continues to implement an ambitious programme to reduce its own carbon emissions.

In recent years the council has taken steps to ensure City Hall is run with as little impact on the environment as possible, which has included installing 155 solar panels and fitting an air source heat pump on the roof. In addition, efficiency upgrades to the boiler in City Hall are estimated to save 50 tonnes of carbon a year. 

The council has also created large carbon savings from using 100% renewable energy suppliers, installing energy efficient lighting in council owned properties, and new solar and battery storage at Hurricane Way.

To build on the good progress to date, a refreshed Carbon Management Plan is being developed. This will set out in detail council’s route to our 2030 net zero target.

Cllr Emma Hampton, cabinet member for climate change said:

“The council understands it has a key role to play in tackling the climate crisis, both in reducing our own impact, but also acting as a leader for the city. I’m proud of the ambitious actions we have taken as a council to cut carbon emissions and to see a two thirds reduction is really encouraging. 

But we can’t be complacent and will need a clear blueprint for the city council reach net zero emissions by 2030. I look forward to sharing our updated plan soon.” 

Read the Emissions Reporting 2021/2022 paper on the city council’s website. 

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