Bedford Council to move to 100% green electricity next year

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From April 1, 2021, Bedford Borough Council will be moving to 100% green renewable electricity.

This will see the Council owned and operated buildings and street lighting across the Borough powered by renewable energy.

Climate change is recognised internationally as a serious global crisis, with carbon dioxide releases from burning fossil fuels as a major contributor.

By switching to 100% green renewable energy, the Council is leading the way for local businesses and residents to consider how they may be able to live a little greener too.

In March 2019, the Council declared a Climate Emergency and has pledged to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2030. This builds on long term projects that have seen the Council reduce their carbon emissions by over 60% since 2010.

With energy efficient improvement and the reduction in energy use across the Council’s buildings, this change is expected to cost the Council less than 1% more in its energy bills.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “As a Council, we have a responsibility to our Borough and local communities to safeguard the environment. By making the move to green renewable electricity, we are taking the lead and proactively working to provide a better future and a cleaner environment for both within the local area and across the globe.

“I would urge local residents and businesses to look at how they are getting their energy, and see if there is an option for you to make the switch to green energy. Lots of us making little consistent changes in how we live and what we consume, really can make a big difference.”

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