South Ayrshire Council is well on its way to smashing its green initiative targets according to a recent report.

Nearly 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide has been saved by residents through wall installations in 453 properties, helping the area combat climate change.

Based on current prices, these properties will benefit from a staggering reduction in fuel bills of £4 million spanning the lifetime of the installations.

The Scottish Government plan to recycle 70 per-cent of household waste by 2025. Residents in South Ayrshire have helped the council achieve 55 per-cent already.

The council is determined to keep this momentum going and is working on a sustainable development and climate change strategy to help drive forward change.

One of the big wins in terms of carbon reduction has been the council’s increasing use of electric vehicles. There are now 10 Council electric vehicles on our roads with another seven expected by the end of January 2019.

Councillor Ian Cochrane, Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “Climate change should be at the forefront of all our minds. The council has reduced its own CO2 equivalent emissions by 13% since last year, but more can always be done.

“We want the Council to be an inspiration when it comes to protecting and enhancing our environment. We need to look at more sustainable ways of generating energy and encourage others to adopt our commitment to eradicate single use plastics.”