Reducing carbon emissions
Islington Council has a target to reduce the carbon emissions of the borough by 40 per cent by 2020 compared to 2005 levels. The latest figures issued by government in late June show that we are ahead of target, having already reduced emissions by 31 per cent in the first ten years.
The council’s work to assist residents in reducing emissions through the boiler replacement scheme, installing insulation and offering free energy saving advice, as well as building the Bunhill district heating network, have contributed to a 31 per cent reduction in domestic emissions.
The council has also supported businesses and other organisations to reduce their energy consumption through schemes such as ISEP (Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership), Green Light North London and the Archway Low Carbon Zone, and the overall reduction in emissions in the commercial and industrial sector is 34 per cent.
When population growth is taken into account – Islington’s population rose by over 44,000 between 2005 and 2015 – per capita emissions have dropped by 44 per cent since 2005.
This is just part of the work the council is doing to make energy cheaper and greener in the borough. Read more about the new technologies being used here.