13 January 2014

Northamptonshire County Council has once again received official recognition that the authority’s carbon footprint has been reduced and that it is committed to lowering its direct impact on climate change.

The authority has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard – for successfully measuring, managing and improving carbon efficiency across all operations, including schools, by a further 18 per cent.

What does the award mean?

This award is the highest recognition of achievement the county council can gain regarding carbon management and actual carbon reduction.

In the last two years the authority has honed its energy efficiency strategies to cut carbon emissions by another 15,812 tonnes CO2.

These carbon reductions have been achieved by three key strategies:

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This is an excellent achievement and mirrors a great deal of hard work.

“We have to become increasingly aware of how our actions can affect climate change and it is imperative that we do what we can to reduce our impact on the environment.

“Not only is this important in tackling this global issue but it also makes sense from a financial point of view for us too as there are cost benefits for authorities for lowering their carbon emissions.”

More about the Carbon Trust Standard

The Carbon Trust Standard was developed by the Carbon Trust to provide a robust, objective and consistent methodology for assessing corporate carbon performance. The standard, which is externally audited, specifies requirements in three key areas:

  • Carbon footprint measurement
  • Carbon management
  • Carbon reduction performance