Southport Town Hall. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Two months on from the international environment summit COP26, Sefton Council is pledging that 2022 will be the greenest year yet. 

2022 will see a number of key projects reach or move towards completion and significantly reduce the carbon footprint generated from council operations.

Work is underway at Southport and Bootle town halls and will finish later in the year and begin making carbon savings.

The work has consisted of new energy efficiency measures like double glazing and insulation resulting in a 32% reduction in gas consumption.

Across the borough the installation of LED street lights is continuing with 3,311 lanterns installed so far along with 213 full column replacements saving 148,852 kWh of electricity already.

After significant progress towards a net zero carbon target of 2030 over the past two years, the council is set to embark on a number of key projects this year to reduce emissions borough wide.

Sefton Council recently approved plans for over £3 million to be spent on retrofit measures in over 500 homes in the borough which will make homes more energy efficient, cheaper to run and better for the planet.

Schools in Sefton are also getting involved in green projects like the AirWatch project to monitor air quality in playgrounds and set about improving it.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulation, Compliance and Corporate Services said:

“I am extremely excited to see all the projects and initiatives we have planned to combat the climate emergency in 2022.

“Every year we get closer to our target date of net zero carbon by 2030 for our own operations and to see progress continue steadily towards this target is fantastic and a testament to our commitment to eliminate our net carbon footprint.

“I was so proud to see all the efforts and pledges right across our Borough during COP26 and it seems that spirit has followed us into 2022. I know this year will be productive in reducing borough wide emissions and our work with residents, businesses, partners and schools will make Sefton cleaner, greener and healthier.”

The Council, alongside partners, businesses and schools will honour those pledges made during COP26 as part of the Council’s #IPledge campaign which saw over 50 business and schools make pledges towards a greener future.

To see the latest annual report, please visit our website https://www.sefton.gov.uk/environmental-protection/energy-and-environment/climate-emergency/strategy-implementation-plan-and-reports/

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