There are so many environmental actions that the Labour led Exeter City Council has been doing over many years. So much to share that we came up with Green Factoids of the day to give snippets without having to delve into websites for all the facts. Posted on Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis. But to see the whole set easier we will also post them here as they get posted on social media.
Worth remembering no factoids contain statements that cannot be confirmed from independent official sources.
- Green Factoid of the day 1: Environmental actions by the Labour led Exeter City Council last year directly saved 550 tonnes of carbon and generated 2,300,050 kWh
- Green Factoid of the day 2: Even back in 2015 Labour’s Exeter City Council led the way installing the first canopy solar panels on car parks in the Country! Estimated to generate 285,227 kwh & saving more than 150 tonnes of carbon per year.
- Green Factoid of the day 3: Excluding the valley parks, Labour’s Exeter City Council protects & cares for more than 250 acres of parks across the city. If you add the valley parks its 9.5% of the total area of the City. A link to a map of parks https://exeter.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-open-spaces/find-a-park-or-play-area.
- Green Factoid of the day 4: Labour led Exeter City Council is to build a City Solar Farm made up of 3,700 solar panels creating a 1.2MW array and have substantial battery storage capacity to provide flexibility between peak generation and peak usage.
- Green Factoid of the day 5: in 2019 Labour led Exeter City Council declared a Climate Emergency + target of a Net Zero carbon City by 2030. We had done so much but have gone on to do even more. Now with partners we are working to a plan www.exetercityfutures.com/netzeroexeter
- Green Factoid of the day 6: Labour led Exeter City Council owns 6 valley parks, a total of 356 acres! It chose to work with Devon Wildlife Trust to maintain, protect & develop bio diversity alongside natural green space for residents to enjoy
- Green Factoid of the day 7: Labour’s Exeter City Council role is to identify & measure & report air quality in “hot spots”. Not a measure of the city air quality overall. Centre for Cities, 2019, Exeter’s Co2 emissions per capita were the 7th lowest out of 63 cities in the UK
- Green Factoid of the day 8: To encourage electric vehicle use, Labour’s Exeter City Council provides six public ‘Plug & Park’ sites in the city. Some of the free charge points are powered by renewable electricity from the Council’s solar arrays mounted on its buildings.
- Green Factoid of the day 9: As a landowner Labour led Exeter City Council are one of the largest tree owners in Exeter. It takes its duty to protect Exeter’s treescapes extremely seriously. With others it also aims to increase tree coverage to 30% in the next 20 years.
- Green Factoid of the day 10: Labour led Exeter City Council is building the 1st passivhaus Leisure Complex in the Country. Super energy efficient. Compared to similar modern centres it will use 70% less energy. Enough to make 140 million cups of tea a year.
- Green Factoid of the day 11: Between the year 2000 and 2020 Labour’s Exeter City Council planted 10,000 trees. That’s an average of about 10 a week, every week for 20 years. In 2020 they planted about 2,500 more.
- Green Factoid of the day 12: Recently Labour’s Exeter City Council’s Public & Green Spaces team laid a traditional hedge row on the edge of Ludwell Valley park
Not only is it good to keep this ancient craft going – it benefits the wildlife that live off and around it
- Green Factoid of the day 13: Labour’s Exeter City Council Denis the Dustcart is a very popular online personality. Since 2016 providing wealth of information about the recycling service & wider recycling issues. Follow him on Facebook
www.facebook.com/DustcartDenis or twitter @DustcartDenis
- Green Factoid of the day 14: Labour’s Exeter City Council will retro-fit 100 homes with systems to make them super energy efficient, low carbon. This follows the Council successfully securing £500K government funding to tackle fuel poverty and address the climate emergency.
- Green Factoid of the day 15: Labour’s Exeter City Council provides an impressive 1,485 allotments which are in use across the City. A good way to stay fit, improve your diet & of course growing your own food reduces your personal carbon footprint. A win, win!
- Green Factoid of the day 16: Exeter ranked 1st of top 5 towns/cities list with the lowest #carbonfootprint! A great start but a lot to do for #netzero carbon by 2030. Data from @WWF carbon calculator using a model by @SEIresearch & @UniversityLeeds. Read more www.sei.org/about-sei/press-room/uk-carbon-footprint-reductions
- Green Factoid of the day 17: We covered green energy ⚡ rewilding/bio-diversity, zero emission vehicles, increased ♻️ recycling, tree planting 🌳🌲🌳 & super energy efficient buildings 🏡. But what would an experienced environmental campaigner think of it? https://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk/news/local-news/how-exeter-leading-way-climate-action-1
- Green Factoid of the day 18: Labour led Exeter City Council has a long term commitment to reducing its environmental impact. In 2015 it fitted one of the largest roof top arrays in the SW on its Matford Centre. It was a 1.5MW array, 5,246 panels, 1,404mwh per year saving 790 tonnes of carbon a year.
- Green Factoid of the day 19: The Labour led Exeter City Council continues to replace its fleet with electric vehicles Electric pool cars made massive 75% reduction in CO2 emissions. 2018 Replacement of the ageing diesel vans cut carbon emissions of the entire fleet by 35%. …and more The new food recycling and glass collection service arriving in the Autumn will not only be collected by electric powered trucks, the trucks themselves will be charged from the new City Solar Farm when its built. www.exeter-labour.org.uk/blog/2021/03/26/532/