11 March 2011>
Caerphilly County Borough Council's Living Environment Partnership is making a strong commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by actively encouraging individuals, households, businesses and organisations to do the same.
The dedicated residents of the Caerphilly county borough have continued to support the waste collection changes by actively recycling their household waste. Following this outstanding support the authority has now stepped up its game and has introduced the 'Climate Change Diet' pledge.
Cllr Colin Mann, Cabinet Member Corporate Finance, Procurement and Sustainability said, "The aim of the climate change diet is to make a universal change. Making a pledge to change the smallest things like turning off a light when you leave a room and installing energy efficient bulbs can have a big impact on the rate of change. The sustainability team are able to offer advice and support on how you can make your pledge today."
He continued, "It is not just individuals and households that have a role to play in reducing the amount of 'climate calories' we are consuming. Businesses and other organisations are responsible for 40% of the UK's carbon emissions, compared to 27% of carbon emitted from our homes. The changes we are asking people to make are minimal in comparison to the benefits to the environment that we can all enjoy."
The recent launch of the project saw local residents, businesses and councillors making the first positive change with a tree planting ceremony at Caerphilly's first climate change woodland to mark the green future that the authority aspires to.
For further information on how to become involved and to make your pledge please visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/sustainable
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