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National Park Authority champions environmentally friendly ways of working

This is an archived press release

Thursday 26 November 2009

25 November 2009

National Park Authority champions environmentally friendly ways of working

The Peak District National Park Authority has reduced its carbon footprint by nine per cent in the past year.

The reduction is the result of tough targets the authority has set itself to help tackle climate change and encourage other organisations and individuals in the national park to do the same.

Matt Freestone, the authority’s environmental management officer, said: “We know we’re not perfect but we are committed to improving our environmental performance wherever we can.  It’s no small task measuring the environmental impacts of an organisation like ours but we have begun to make real progress in reducing our energy consumption through implementing some simple low cost measures and using what we have more efficiently.  

“We are keen to encourage other organisations and individuals to look at their own impacts on climate change and we believe we can do this best by setting a good example and showing real results.”

Results just published for the year 2008/09 show the authority has:

•  reduced its total carbon emissions by 89 tonnes.

•  reduced building gas use by an equivalent of 48 tonnes.

•  decreased staff business travel in their own cars cutting emissions by almost 20 per cent.

•  increased the total tonnage of waste recycled by the authority from 28 per cent to 30 per cent.

•  reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by 8 tonnes.

The full environmental management report can be viewed on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/emp

It shows how the authority is reducing its carbon footprint in its key areas of impact which are:

•  energy and water use

•  business travel

•  waste from authority buildings and at visitor sites

•  use of resources, including paper and

•  bringing about environmental improvements when buying goods and services from other organisations.  

Matt said: “We believe it is important to demonstrate how we are reducing our impacts on climate change.  This is why we have chosen to publicise our environmental performance in a new on-line report instead of on paper.”  

The report includes case studies showing what the authority is doing differently to improve its environmental performance including buying work vehicles with lower emissions, introducing rainwater harvesting systems and using a biomass boiler at Losehill Hall, the authority’s environmental education centre at Castleton.

The report also sets out targets to reduce negative environmental impacts further over the next year.  Matt said: “We aim to be more energy efficient, cut emissions and use less paper.”

This is an archived press release

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