County council gives planet a helping hand

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THE planet was given a little bit of help by a council when it switched off the electrics to reduce carbon emissions.

West Sussex County Council, based in Chichester, saved six tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering into the atmosphere.

During National Climate Week and Earth Hour, held in March, the council made an extra effort to make sure electrical equipment and lights were turned off where possible. The energy consumption was monitored with smart meters – a device that records electric energy.

It was measured across the seven council sites, including County Hall and the County Record Office in Chichester.

Councillor Deborah Urquhart, who heads environment at West Sussex County Council, said: ‘Reducing carbon emissions is a top priority for the county council, and we are always looking at ways to help the environment and encourage others to be more eco-friendly.

‘With the introduction of the new Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme on carbon dioxide emissions and future energy price rises, it’s more important than ever for schools to save money through improved energy and water efficiency.’

Schools across West Sussex also took part in climate week, with children learning about simple ways to reduce carbon emissions like turning the heating down.