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Harrogate Council last night adopted a Climate Change Strategy which ultimately aims to cut the borough's carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2020 - which has pleased campaigners Friends of the Earth, who have been campaigning for the council to get serious about CO2.
The strategy will set out how Harrogate Borough Council can reduce CO2 emissions from its own operations, and how the council can help residents reduce CO2 emissions.
The councils ultimate aim is to make a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions from its own operations by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050; and to help make a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions across the district as a whole by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050.
The first interim target is to make a 4% reduction in CO2 emissions resulting from the council's own operations by 2011.
Four areas will be addressed:
Friends of the Earth's Yorkshire and Humber Campaign Co-ordinator Simon Bowens said:
"It's fantastic that Harrogate Council has agreed to do its bit in the fight against global warming. The Council's target to reduce emissions by 40 per cent by 2020 is spot on - the science shows that any less won't be enough to prevent dangerous climate change.
"People in Harrogate should soon feel the perks of the Council deciding to get serious about CO2 - because local action to cut emissions can create jobs, slash people's fuel bills and boost the economy."
To find out more, visit the Harrogate Council website