HAMPSHIRE County Council has exceeded its first-year target in reducing carbon emissions from its properties.
Emissions have been reduced by 3,925 tonnes this year, beating its original target of 1,820 tonnes.
The target has been beaten thanks to new heating controls, replacing inefficient roofing and cladding on buildings, use of low-energy computer systems and technology, and increased levels of flexible working by staff located across fewer council offices.
Carbon reduction projects and getting people to think green has also helped to beat the target.
It means the council is on track to achieving a 20 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2015.
A further 3,600 tonnes of savings next year will cut energy costs by £500,000 a year.
Council leader Ken Thornber, said: ‘To exceed our first-year target is a tremendous achievement.
‘As well as the clear environmental benefits, the reductions in energy costs should also be welcomed.’