We're getting greener

Council cutting its carbon emissions by almost a third

Midlothian Council has exceeded its target of cutting carbon emissions, a major cause of global warming.

Electric vehicles and energy efficient street lighting are among the measures taken

At the full cabinet on Tuesday, councillors heard measures including energy efficient street lighting, the introduction of a food waste collection service, energy efficient buildings, and electric council vehicles have helped cut the council’s CO2 output by 31% between 2013 and 2016.

The target was a drop of 25%

The Carbon Management Plan 2013 - 2016 target was a drop of 25%.

A major achievement for the council

 Councillor Derek Rosie, the cabinet member for property and facilities, said: “This is a major achievement by the council. Taking advantage of national schemes to insulate council homes, introducing LED street lighting programmes and using electric vehicles, among other measures, we’ve smashed our target. Well done to everyone involved.

“That said, we must continue to cut carbon emissions. A new Carbon Management Plan is being drawn up.”

12 Oct 2016