Climate change and efficiency savings

How you can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the borough.

Carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is naturally present in the atmosphere as part of the earth's carbon cycle but human activities are altering that carbon cycle - both by adding more CO2 to the atmosphere and by influencing the ability of natural processes, like forests, to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas emitted through human activities and is produced through the combustion of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil) for energy and transportation, although certain industrial processes and land-use changes also emit CO2.

Our commitment to reducing CO2 emissions

Doncaster Council is committed to reducing CO2 emissions across the borough, including a reduction of energy use in its buildings and transport:

  • more than 11,000 tonnes of carbon has been saved between April 2013 and April 2018.
  • solar panels have been installed on buildings and housing to generate electricity, with over 2.6 megawatts of generating capacity.  
  • biomass fuelled heating system enables the town centre museum, Adwick Leisure Centre and district heating at Ennerdale to burn wood pellets for heating

What can you do?

Businesses:

Step 1 - Measure you carbon footprint

Step 2 - Benchmark your energy use

Step 3 - Build your business case for lighting upgrades

See the Carbon Trust for more useful guides and tools.

Schools:

  • the ‘school run’ accounts for approximately one in five cars on the roads every morning. A ‘walking bus’ where children walk to school under adult supervision will reduce carbon emissions and keep them healthier
  • the council can assist with an energy audit and will then help put energy saving measures in place
  • plant trees, hedges or wildlife gardens to absorb carbon dioxide emissions
  • create an allotment where the pupils can grow their own vegetables for the schools use. Locally grown produce reduces transport carbon emissions

Individuals

Climate change is a major threat to humanity, fuel bills continue to rise and our reliance on imported energy continues to grow.

The UK is committed to achieving an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. To address these challenges we all need to reduce our energy consumption and accelerate a move to sustainable, low carbon lifestyles.

The Energy Saving Trust is a leading and trusted organisation helping people save energy every day. Their experts speak with millions of householders every year, deliver first class programmes for governments and provide consultancy to UK businesses and international companies. 

For energy saving advice see https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/ 

 

Hot tips for the home - click here

Cars

Private car use has an impact on climate change:

  • when buying a car chose a fuel efficient model with low CO2 emissions
  • change gear between 2,000 and 2,500 revs
  • drive smoothly, avoid rapid acceleration and braking
  • on motorways drive at around 55mph for optimum fuel efficiency
  • ensure your tyres are correctly inflated - 66 per cent of cars are uninflated which used more fuel
  • remove roof racks, travel boxes etc when they are not in use
  • only use the air conditioning when essential as it increases fuel consumption
  • join a car share scheme for travelling to work
  • use public transport whenever possible or cycle to work
  • don’t use the car for short journeys - walking is better for you

For information on electric vehicles - click here

Last updated: 25 February 2019 12:03:55