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Sutton tops London league for cutting carbon

November 18, 2011 12:19 AM

Sutton Council is the best in London when it comes to taking steps to cut its carbon emissions.

Sutton was placed top of all 33 London boroughs in recognition of its work cutting power consumption, introducing energy efficient lighting and hand dryers and installing smart meters in some of its buildings. The league table was produced by the Environment Agency.

Cllr Colin Hall, Sutton's Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: "We're delighted to top the league. These green measures are vital because they not only save the planet, they also save taxpayers' money.

"Energy use in the council has fallen by 15 per cent since 2002 saving £164,000 a year, while our water consumption has also dropped - falling by 29 per cent from 2001 levels, saving £63,000 a year."

The Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme aims to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency. The scheme is part of the Government's climate change policy that has set a UK target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050.

More than 2,000 organisations, including major supermarkets, retailers, restaurant chains, government departments, hospitals and universities, were rated on their efforts to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.