Brent Council aims to cut its own carbon dioxide emissions by almost two-thirds by 2021 after achieving its latest target.

By closing several office buildings and promoting other energy-saving measures, it has reduced its CO2 by more than a third (37.4 per cent) since 2010/11.

This puts it ahead of the voluntary targets introduced by the Government in its ‘Clean Growth Strategy’, which sits at 30 per cent for the public sector.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, lead member for environment, said: “This puts Brent in a great position and shows our commitment to doing what we can to help reduce global CO2 emissions and climate change.

“We will not be complacent. We have set ourselves an ambitious target to reach emission reductions of 60 per cent by 2021 and this is a great step forward on that journey.”

She explained that the introduction of solar panels, LED street lights and further efficiency schemes at the council should see further reductions going forward.