Incinerator Operation Contributes To Leap In Council’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

incineratorThe Council’s emission of greenhouse gases is up by 38% on last year.

They’ve committed to reducing the amount they create, but in the 2012/2013 financial year, the equivalent of just under 936,000 tons of CO2 was emitted.

It was produced by activities such as heating their buildings, operating vehicles and running services.

The rise looks worse than it is, because there was a large fall the previous year.

This was put down to the closure of Normandy Pool for maintenance. The facility is described as a “significant user of both electricity and oil.”

Repairing water leaks is thought to have contributed to the fall in 2012 too, since the desalination plant is the biggest user of electricity.

Reduced travel due to budget cuts and more cycle use is also helping to keep the figures down.

Overall CO2 levels are up by 10% since 2008, when the first estimates were made.

But the report says that there has been more fuel used in the incinerator, which must now be operated at a higher temperature after repeatedly failing to meet toxic emission standards.

This is likely to continue in future years and has also increased the Council’s fuel costs.

Council Community Relations Officer, George Pearson, said it’s unfortunate that a particularly cold winter and changes to the operation of the incinerator have contributed to higher CO2 levels than in 2012.

Concrete predictions for the future are difficult, he said, but the Council is taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions where possible.

PV panels, the new desalination plant and a successful leak repair programme will all help reduce the footprint of our water facilities, says George.

Improvements including installation of new LED streetlights, reduction in the use of oil at the swimming pool, and a new boiler at the Town Hall should also have a positive impact.

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