Go-Green light for energy saving plan
AN energy saving plan has been given the go-ahead by councillors in Teignbridge.
The 34-point action plan is the district council's contribution to the fight against climate change.
The ruling executive approved the Energy and Carbon Reduction Plan 2012-2017.
The plan has the dual aim of reducing the council's carbon footprint and saving it money.
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The five-year plan sets out to reduce the council's carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent by 2017, in a bid to save up to £881,000.
The council is working in partnership with The Carbon Trust in establishing a plan, which tackles emissions across its property and estates portfolio.
The aim is to reduce waste and the reliance on fossil fuels, become more energy efficient, contribute to ongoing cost savings and protect the environment for future generations.
Six out of the 34 projects have already been completed.
These include installing 52 solar panels on the roof of the council's Forde House headquarters and putting in new energy saving equipment at Newton Abbot and Dawlish leisure centres.
The completed projects have resulted in a 171.2 tonne saving of carbon dioxide each year and an annual cash saving of £38,943.
Nine other projects are fully funded, six have yet to secure backing and the remaining 13 are potential future projects which need detailed feasibility studies.
Cllr Kevin Lake, who sits on the carbon management program board which has responsibility for the plan, said: "Climate change is an important issue for all of us and it has far-reaching impacts on our health, the environment, resources and economic development.
"We all need to do our bit to be more environmentally friendly so it's only right that we should also continue to get our own house in order.
"Teignbridge recognises the need to reduce energy consumption and tackle climate change in any way it can.
"The council has already done a lot of work to make sure it reduces the amount of carbon it uses but there is still more to do.
"The plan, created in partnership with The Carbon Trust, brings together projects to reduce the amount of carbon emissions produced by our estates and operations to the minimum that is realistically possible.
"The targets are achievable and we are already seeing results from some of the things we've done.
"We believe that you should lead by example. We hope our work inspires residents and local businesses to do their bit to help preserve our environment and lower their own energy bills."