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Keeping the Lake District green

Posted 19 April 2012
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Keeping the Lake District green
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Ever since it became a national park in 1951, the Lake District has been an area with plenty of environmental and scenic protection, the sort of thing that might bring some weighty bureaucracy for even a small development - like the bike shed at Ennerdale Youth Hostel sought at the turn of the Millennium.

But preserving the environment has become an increasingly important issue in the public consciousness in recent years, driven mainly by global concerns over climate change and ozone depletion.

Tackling carbon emissions is something that many people who go walking in the Lake District might concern themselves with. Alfred Wainwright was never too keen on cars in the national park and with rail links to Windermere and the western fringes of the national park around Ravenglass, plus extensive bus connections, using public transport is one way visitors ensure their footprints are made by walking boots instead of being made of carbon.

But all kinds of aspects make up carbon reduction efforts and a comprehensive approach has been taken by the national park authority, something recognised by the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change yesterday (April 18th).

Its report noted how successful the authority has been in trimming emissions through its carbon budget - which works by establishing what the amount of CO2 produced each year is and then sets about reducing it. The result is that 14,000 tonnes of carbon has been saved and energy bills have been reduced too, as some have sought to be more efficient as a means of making progress.

The approach was cited by the report as one to follow and a pleased climate change advisor for the national park Rebecca Willis said: "We are delighted that a Committee of MPs has recognised the Lake District's leading role in tackling climate change.

"Our experience shows that cutting carbon helps businesses to save money and helps communities to prosper. We look forward to working with government to help other local areas who want to reap these benefits."

And if businesses working to tackle climate change means hotel rooms have energy-saving bulbs, food is locally sourced and power comes from green sources, those who stay there to go walking may be pleased they are in a place that is green in more ways than one.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801344752-ADNFCR