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How Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council are attempting to reduce their carbon footprints.

Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council have strategic goals of reducing their carbon footprints. We are committed to reducing the demand for energy and lowering CO2 emissions directly related to use of fossil fuels.  Runnymede may be able to help householders install various energy efficiency measures. There are many organisations which can help support householders. Runnymede works with partners to encourage community take-up of energy efficiency improvements which will reduce demand for energy and assist residents in need to keep their homes warmer.

 

Landfill

Waste going into landfill sites can cause the release of greenhouse gases. Runnymede encourages residents to 'Reduce, Re-use, Recycle' and a kerbside collection recycling service including green waste and food waste is available. Collection of bulky items, trade waste or clinical waste can be arranged. Recycling sites and litter /dog bins are also provided. Further details can be found on the Recycling and Rubbish pages.

Photovoltaic panels

Two Council-owned properties, The Hythe Centre and The Woodham & New Haw Day Centre have photovoltaic panels fitted to their roofs which use solar energy to produce electricity. These are our first 'invest to save' opportunities. Electricity produced will be used at the properties, plus tariffs will be paid from the energy supplier for the unused electricity to be fed back to the National Grid. This is an exciting time for Runnymede in our programme of managing our own carbon emissions and moving towards a more sustainable community as identified in The Runnymede Local Plan Core Strategy. We are also currently reviewing further sites that may be suitable for similar projects.

Grow your own/allotments

If you are interested in 'growing your own', to reduce energy in transportation costs, Runnymede has direct management of nine allotment sites. There are also three other self-managed allotments in the Borough. The Council is looking at opportunities to reduce the waiting list but demand for allotments does fluctuate.

Yellow buses

In an effort to reduce traffic congestion, Runnymede provides a school bus service. The Runnymede Yellow School Bus service is run in conjunction with the Runnymede Business Partnership whose members include local businesses, Chambers of Commerce, schools, colleges and Surrey Police.

Electric vehicles

There are several different types of electric vehicles available where the conventional petrol or diesel engine is replaced by either a fully electric motor or hybrids which are conventional petrol/diesel engines supplemented by battery power. Although the generation of electricity for the vehicle still produces greenhouse gases, the cars do not produce exhaust emissions. They are cost effective for longer distance journeys and grants may be available to off-set the initial purchase price.

Street lighting

You may have noticed new white light street lights appearing around your area. Surrey County Council (SCC) has recently contracted Surrey Lighting Services to replace the current orange glow street lights with white lights across the county. This replacement programme will be more efficient in terms of physical maintenance of the structures, and will also provide improvements in road safety and security. SCC can remotely dim individual street lights by 50% in residential roads and 20% on main roads between the hours of 11pm and 5.30am. This reduces energy consumption and will benefit Council Tax Payers. In terms of energy savings, the project is expected to result in a reduction of around 150 million kilowatt hours of electricity - a saving of 60,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the 25-year contract.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In line with government requirements, Runnymede Borough Council produces an annual report on its Greenhouse Gas Emissions. This outlines the energy consumed as a result of the Authority's operations and gives evidence of its attempts to reduce emissions. Information can be found on the pdf icon Greenhouse Gas report 2014 [220kb].

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