21st December 2009

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership Signs Up to 10:10 Carbon Campaign

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership Signs Up to 10:10 Carbon Campaign

The Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 10% during 2010, as apart of a national campaign.

The Partnership is responsible for guiding the management of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering a quarter of Shropshire.  The Management Plan for the AONB recognises climate change as the key long term threat and defines ‘Shifting to Low Carbon’ as on of five strategic priorities.

Phil Holden, AONB Partnership Manager said “The pledge is about the carbon footprint of our own organisation, estimated at around 40 tonnes per year.  This includes gas and electricity use at the office, business travel and staff commute, plus travel of partners to meetings.  We are taking a variety of steps to achieve the 10% target, including switching off and turning down energy uses, draughtproofing, low energy lighting, energy efficient electrical equipment and promotion of car sharing.”

10:10 is a national initiative, the brainchild of Franny Armstrong, creator of the seminal climate change film ‘Age of Stupid’, which stars Pete Postlethwaite, a resident of the Shropshire Hills AONB.  Individuals and all kinds of organisations can sign up – see 1010uk.org.

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