Climate emergency: council slashes carbon emissions, exceeding 60% target

30 October 2020

woman stands on dark urban street holding the head of a streetlight

Energy-saving streetlights and the new Civic Centre have helped Brent Council to cut its carbon emissions by 63.7% as the figures for the latest year* are released.

Reductions are measured against the baseline from 2010-11. The government’s target asks organisations to aim for a 30% emissions reduction. In 2018 the Council set itself a more robust goal of 60% by 2021 and last year committed to do all reasonable in its gift to aim for carbon neutrality by 2030.

The substantial drop in emissions has been driven by the installation of 21,000 LED street lights, as well as the move to the new Brent Civic Centre, which was named the greenest public sector building in 2014.  

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: “Last year, we declared a climate and ecological emergency. Today’s news confirms our dedication and I’m delighted we’ve been able to exceed the target we set ourselves two years ago. But we also know there is more work to do. We are committed to reducing our energy usage as much as possible and it is our ambition to buy what we do need through a truly green energy provider.”

 

*April 2019 - March 2020