Leicester sees "disappointing" carbon footprint rise

A rise in the carbon footprint of Leicester City Council is "disappointing", according to the deputy mayor.

Figures show the council emitted 71,075 tonnes during 2010/11 - a 3.6% increase on the previous two-year period.

The authority has a target of halving its footprint by 2025.

Councillor Rory Palmer said contractors, schools and electricity use produced the highest emission rises.

Mr Palmer added the council was still committed to its targets.

'Significant reductions'

"These are undoubtedly disappointing figures for the council," he said.

"I will be calling an urgent summit meeting to address all areas of council activity that have seen an increase in carbon emissions.

"I am also asking for departmental action plans on carbon reduction to be reviewed."

But the reports to the Department for Energy and Climate Change also showed the carbon footprint of the council's vehicle fleet had been cut by 43% and there had been "significant reductions" in the energy use of city street lighting following steps to replace older bulbs.

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