09 February 2011>
Caerphilly has been rated as the best performing of all the 22 Welsh councils with its reduction in carbon emissions in public buildings last year.
In his Annual Improvement Report, the Auditor General for Wales has praised the Council for its work in promoting sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint.
Cllr Colin Mann, the council's deputy leader, who has cabinet responsibility for sustainability, welcomed the report, "We have a clear vision about how we want Caerphilly county borough council to be one of the cleanest and greenest local authorities in Britain. I welcome the positive comments contained in the Improvement Report reflecting our achievements to date, but we will continue to work hard to improve further."
The report recognises that the council has a long-term commitment to sustainability. It also praises the council's sustainability strategy 'Living Better, Using Less'.
Cllr. Mann continued, 'Caerphilly Borough is also doing very well on its carbon reduction performance. At 33.33% the reduction is 15 times better than the Welsh average of 2.2%. We also recorded the lowest per capita Carbon emissions for all Welsh councils in 2007.'
The report recognises that specific actions are being delivered in 2010-11 that will make a further progress on reducing the borough's carbon footprint. These include securing funding under the Arbed programme to greatly improve insulation in houses and install hot water solar panels and Solar Photovoltaic Panels.
Other measures include the Solar Schools programme and reducing energy consumption in council buildings by 4.5 per cent annually.
For more infromation please go to www.sustainablecaerphilly.co.uk
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