Over the past month, Ynys Môn County Council has been distributing 100,000 energy saving lightbulbs to many of the island’s residents, which were provided by energy provider Powergen. The First Minister handed over the last of the lightbulbs to Gordon and Anne Williams of Menai Bridge.
Rhodri Morgan said:
This is a great initiative which will allow the island’s residents help tackle possibly the greatest problems facing the world at present. The savings achievable from just a small change such as this one are quite staggering, both in terms of financial savings and preventing carbon emissions.
One of the top commitments included in our One Wales document is to achieve a sustainable environment and we have set a target to cut our annual greenhouse emissions by 3% a year by 2011. However, we cannot achieve our aims without the support of the Welsh population. Individuals and families can help our planet tackle climate change by making small changes to the way they live and these simple actions will not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions but can also contribute to a healthier lifestyle and save people money.
During their lifetime, the bulbs could save Anglesey communities more than a staggering £15 million as well as preventing carbon emissions totalling 14,000 tonnes and saving 14 million kw/hrs of electricity.
They were obtained by the Housing and Social Services Department’s J E O’Toole Centre – a welfare rights, advice and resource centre based in Holyhead.
County Council Leader, Councillor Gareth Winston Roberts OBE, added:
This is a real coup for the Island, and we’re pleased and proud to be working in partnership with Powergen on this unique scheme.
The County Council has already signed up to the Assembly’s ‘Welsh Commitment to Address Climate Change’, and its own electricity supplies come from 100% renewable sources. This scheme also represents the first time homes on the Island have been targeted in such a way, as well as the County Council’s positive commitment to addressing climate change.
November 30, 2007