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Brighton and Hove City Council ranked less energy efficient than airport
Brighton and Hove City Council is less energy efficient than an airport and a petrol com- pany in new Government tables.
The council slid down to 1,950th position in Government rankings of public bodies and companies after its carbon footprint increased by more than 200 tonnes in a year.
In contrast East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council reduced their footprint by up to 35% over the same period to put themselves among the top 30 performing local authorities and businesses in the country.
Carbon Reduction Commitment performance tables for 2011/12, published by the Environment Agency this week, rates the effectiveness of large organisations to reduce their energy emissions.
Brighton and Hove City Council dropped 600 places in the most recent table after producing 23,727 tonnes of CO2 last year, putting the authority in the bottom 10% of listed organisations.
The authority’s energy efficiency was ranked worse than London City Airport, petrol firm Murco and engineering firm Caterpillar.
The report also meant bad news for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which dropped 700 places in the table after increasing its carbon footprint by 39 tonnes.
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Officials at West Sussex County Council, which reduced its CO2 production by 20,000 tonnes, pointed to the success of several energy saving moves including improved heating systems, lighting provisions and solar panels which had saved about £500,000.
Michael Brown, the council’s cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “Not only is the work we have been carrying out good for the environment, it is good for taxpayers because we are also saving money on our energy bills.”
Pete West, the chair of Brighton and Hove City Council’s environment com- mittee, said: “We’re working very hard to catch up after years of inaction on this agenda.
“The introduction of carbon budgets, automatic metering, energy efficient street lighting plus buildings improvements have all started to turn things around but it will take time for all our policies to show their full effect.”
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust spokeswoman said the increase in carbon emissions was caused by the installation of a combined heat and power plant at Eastbourne District General Hospital.
She added: “While this is gas-fired and so has increased our emissions, it generates half of our electricity supply, and so overall emission from electricity generating has fallen.”