A tree has been planted in Sileby to mark Charnwood Borough Council’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.
Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Pauline Ranson, helped plant the Syston plum tree at Dudley Court sheltered housing complex to highlight the progress the council is making in reducing its carbon footprint.
Under its 2020 Carbon Pledge, the Council is committed to cutting its footprint by 15 per cent by 2020 and is so far on track.
Cllr Eric Vardy, lead member for sustainability, was also on hand to help with the planting. He said: “Reducing our carbon footprint not only has environmental benefits but also financial ones.
“We have invested in new low-energy LED lighting at sheltered complexes like Dudley Court as well as new heating systems in some of our other buildings and they save energy and money.
“I was delighted to see the tree planted to mark our progress and I hope the residents enjoy it.
“Like the tree, our efforts to reduce carbon will continue to grow.”
Alongside the tree is a plaque explaining the Council’s 2020 Carbon Pledge.
Cllr Ranson said: “It is good to see the Council policy in action in reducing our carbon footprint and I enjoyed meeting some of the residents at Dudley Court and the tree is a nice addition to the grounds.”
Since the pledge was launched in 2015 the Council has introduced low-energy LED lighting in the communal areas at most of its sheltered complexes as well as Beehive Lane car park in Loughborough. It has also introduced more energy-efficient heating systems at some of its buildings.
Recent figures show the Council’s carbon footprint is down 21 per cent compared to 2012/13, saving around £87,000 a year. The reduction was due to a number of factors including using less electricity, more of that power is from renewable sources and reduced demand for heating as the past couple of years have been warmer.
The Council expects to meet its 2020 Carbon Pledge target by 2020.
You can find out more about the pledge and recent progress by visiting www.charnwood.gov.uk//2020_carbon_pledge