23 January 2012>
Efforts to reduce the amount of paper that Caerphilly County Borough Council uses has resulted in a 'mountainous' saving of more than 11 million sheets of paper totalling 1,213 metres high… taller than Wales' highest peak Snowdon!
This huge saving has been achieved through using more efficient multi-function printers that are able to print on both sides as well as replacing the need for desktop printers, fax machines and scanners.
In February 2010, the council reported that almost 4 million sheets of paper had been saved over a 12 month period, which equated to a stack of paper totalling over 400 metres high – as tall as the Eiffel Tower.
Since then, the council has continued to build on its commitment to its 'green' credentials, and in just over 3 ½ years has saved more than 11 million sheets of paper, which is taller than Mount Snowdon and is the equivalent of 3.7 Eiffel Towers!
As a result of this reduction in paper use, the council has also helped save a total of 121,370kg in carbon dioxide emissions… and 3,746,007 litres of water!
Cllr Colin Mann, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member responsible for Sustainability said, "We are encouraging everyone to play their part and get involved, so it is important that the council leads by example. We are continually looking at new ways to be cleaner, greener and more efficient, which benefits the planet and also leads to a reduction in our costs".
This saving helps towards achieving objectives contained within the council's Carbon Reduction Strategy, including reducing carbon emissions by 45% of what the emissions were in 2007/08. The target for achieving this 45% reduction is 2019.
In addition, the council has also recently agreed to reduce the number of committee papers printed each week as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability.
For further information on sustainability in Caerphilly county borough, please visit our pages on Sustainable Development.
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