THERE has been a 41 per cent reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide produced in Bucks, the county council has said.

Successful carbon reduction projects have seen the reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide produced in 2018/19 compared with the baseline set in 2009/10.

Some of the biggest carbon reduction successes have been across corporate buildings and in street lighting.

Since 2011, £4 million has been invested in roof-mounted solar panels, LED lights, boiler replacement and other measures.

These projects have helped save more than £530,000 and over 2,700 tonnes CO2 per year.

The County Council’s cabinet member for planning and environment, Bill Chapple OBE, said tackling climate change is a huge task. He said: “Although there’s a long way still to go, it’s encouraging that we’ve managed to implement carbon reduction projects across our services and infrastructure that combine to meet our own ambitious greenhouse gas target - and exceed the national target by 10 per cent.

“But we’re not complacent. As an authority, we’re committed to finding ways to keep reducing our carbon footprint.”