‘Green’ council hits its targets for planet

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A COUNCIL is well on its way to fulfilling a major goal of reducing its energy consumption.

Havant Borough Council decided to go green last July when it signed up to the international 10:10 campaign, where organisations aim to cut energy usage by 10 per cent over 12 months.

From last July to February 2011, a reduction of 19 per cent has been recorded compared to the previous year across the four council sites – the civic offices, Southmoor Offices, Havant’s Regional Business Centre and the Beachlands Office on Hayling Island.

This reduction will need to be maintained over the next four months and beyond to meet the 10:10 target.

Energy usage has been reduced by additional heating and lighting controls, as well as greater staff awareness and joint working with East Hampshire District Council.

Councillor Mike Fairhurst, who is in charge of sustainability, said: ‘I’m very impressed with the dedication of staff and councillors who have exceeded our 10:10 target in just over six months.’