COUNCIL bosses in Edinburgh have cut the authority’s carbon emissions by 60 per cent in the last 14 years – helped by halting tonnes of rubbish being dumped as landfill. Edinburgh City Council along with arms-length organisation, Edinburgh Leisure, has already surpassed its aim of a 42 per cent carbon reduction by 2021. Attention will now turn to a citywide commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030. In the last year, combined emissions for the council and Edinburgh Leisure fell by 36 per cent. The emissions reduction, released on the public bodies climate change duties report, is largely down to the Millerhill waste reprocessing plant being opened last year – which has diverted more than 107,000 tonnes of rubbish away from landfill sites and being harnessed to produce energy. The facility is also able to separate metals from waste, boosting recycling levels. A report to councillors says that there has been a “97 per cent reduction in council waste going to landfill”. The council has also managed to contribute to reducing its carbon footprint by upgrading street lighting and changing to a green energy supplier.
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