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Local councils communicate via video conferencing

Manchester City Council is one of a number of local authorities planning to communicate using video conference services in the near future.

Town hall bosses in Manchester are reportedly keen on an adaptation of the technology in order to cut travel costs and lower their carbon footprint.

The move is thought to be partly in response to a recent document released by the council detailing how they plan to cut CO2 levels in the city by 40 per cent in the next 10 years.

Nigel Murphy, who is the Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, claimed it was important for councillors to set the example in order for the city to achieve such a goal.

Speaking to The Manchester Evening News, he said: “Reducing the amount of carbon emissions the council produces is a key part of our plan to tackle climate change across Manchester.

“We’ve now become one of the first authorities to place this right at the heart of how we develop our services – and to monitor what each department is doing to cut carbon emissions.”

Publicservice.co.uk report that Essex County Council are in talks to initiate a similar carbon-saving scheme, whilst Bristol City Council are also hoping to introduce such measures.