The council currently spends almost £5 million each year on energy use for our buildings and operations, including schools. Continuing cost rises mean that energy will account for a higher proportion of the council’s total spend in future, which puts at risk other important services we can deliver unless we take steps to reduce energy use now.
There is a huge potential for energy savings, much of which will be a result of our staff finding ways to save energy in their own day to day operations. The Energy Team support our staff in finding ways to cut energy waste, and also arrange for other measures such as low energy lighting replacement, better controls on heating and ventilation, and greater insulation.
Our Carbon Reduction Policy has set a CO2 reduction target of 40% by 2020, against 2010-2011 levels. You can find out more about the plans by downloading the Policy document from the link below.
The Energy Team will also carry out the following legislative requirements for the Council:
• Provide accurate energy statistics for the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and for each site’s Display Energy Certificate (DEC), and our Greenhouse Gas Emission Reports. Please see links below to access these reports.
• Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions for the City as part of our Low Carbon City Strategy in line with the Government’s target of 80% reduction by 2050 and interim target of 34% by 2020
• Facilitate successful energy management, which involves everyone from key decision makers to all staff on a day to day basis.
• Ensure there is a robust, comprehensive carbon reduction policy with a strong corporate backing.
The Energy Team
Jason Taylor, Energy Manager
Rae Newman, Energy Contracts and Management Officer
Jane Altounyan, Carbon Reduction Officer
Contact details below