County Council Greenwash Exposed

March 18, 2022 11:23 AM

Liberal Democrats have exposed a claim by Herts County Council about cutting the council's carbon emissions which is completely untrue. The council has delivered copies of its "Your Hertfordshire" magazine to every house in the county including the claim that by switching the fuel used by the Fire Service to a type known as GTL (Gas-To-Liquid) it will save 90% of previous carbon emissions. The council has now admitted that this is untrue.

Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson County Councillor Steve Jarvis said, "This is not the first time that the council has claimed that switching to Gas-To-Liquid fuel will substantially reduce carbon emissions but claiming a 90% reduction when in fact there is little or no reduction in carbon emissions is staggering. Switching to these fuels will have some benefits in terms of air quality, but since they are made from fossil fuels they don't reduce carbon emissions. Indeed there are some claims that they may actually increase emissions of green-house gases.

"These sorts of false claims undermine the efforts that many people and businesses are making to address the climate emergency and bring into question the County Council's commitment to making real progress rather than just trying to look good."