Hampshire’s streetlighting replacement programme will save more money from next month (April) when the next phase of the Government’s carbon tax scheme comes in.
Since 2012 councils have had to pay £12 for every tonne of carbon they emit as part of the Government’s commitment to carbon savings and energy efficiency. This includes heating and lighting public buildings.
From April the tax rises to £16 per tonne and it will include streetlighting for the first time. Hampshire County Council estimate that it would be liable for a further (estimated) £140,000 per year in carbon tax.
News of this further saving was welcomed by Councillor Mel Kendal, Hampshire County Council Executive Member for Income and Capital Receipts. The streetlighting replacement is a significant contributor to the Council’s target to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 per cent, by 2015.
Cllr Kendal also recently endorsed a £1.4 million investment into an energy performance programme that will save taxpayers a further £200,000 a year, by making 25 of the Council’s top energy-consuming buildings more efficient. It is expected to save in the region of £5 million in energy bills over the next 25 years.
The County Council is also testing the feasibility of a District Energy scheme after being awarded £144,000 of Government funding to develop a business case. If successful, the scheme would generate electricity and heat, and could reduce energy bills for the Council by around £4 million over 25 years, as well as reduce carbon emissions and improve energy resilience.