Oxford City Council has reduced its carbon emissions by more than 900 tonnes in the last year, according to the council’s own figures.

This reduction is the equivalent amount of CO2 produced by a single car driving 2.9 million miles.

The latest figures show the council has reduced carbon emissions by 10 per cent in a single year and more than 40 per cent in the last four years.

Since 2015, the council has reduced its annual emissions by the equivalent amount of CO2 produced by a single car driving 12.6 million miles every year.

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According to the council, this reduction is largely because of the installation of energy saving measures, including LED light upgrades, and an increase in the amount of electricity used by the council coming from renewable energy.

This follows the installation of solar panels on council-owned business premises.

Councillor Tom Hayes, cabinet member for Zero Carbon Oxford, said: “Oxford City Council is well on its way towards being a Zero Carbon Council by 2030.

“But the aim isn’t to set a target you can comfortably reach, it’s to stretch the boundaries of what is possible, and I believe the Council must go even further and faster.

“Publishing updates about our progress against the Council’s targets is critical for building trust in politics and, critically, that commitment to going further and faster.”

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The data has been published in the council’s latest greenhouse gas emissions report.

The report examines CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions from all electricity and gas used in city council buildings and related sites.

Earlier this year the city council unanimously declared a climate emergency and set a vision to reduce its own emissions to net zero by 2030 at the latest.