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Councils’ footprints revealed

The carbon footprint of every local council in England has been published by the Department of Energy and Climate change.

The figures show the CO2 produced in powering and heating council buildings as well as emissions from vehicles for the 2008/2009 financial year.

Local councils were responsible for 8.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions - 1.6 per cent of the UK’s total - over the period.

East Cambridgeshire, East Northamptonshire and Broadland had the lowest emissions, with Birmingham, Hertfordshire and Lancashire having the most. The figures are available from www.decc.gov.uk