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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.

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

Jason Taylor, Energy Manager
Rae Newman, Energy Contracts and Management Officer
Jane Altounyan, Carbon Reduction Officer

Increased Savings through Energy Management

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Lighting Replacement Project

We're now entering a second phase of the lighting project throughout the Council's corporate sites. The Energy Team are arranging for a number of inefficient lighting fixtures and fittings to be replaced by LEDs. Completed projects are so far saving the Council an estimated £40k per year, and the final figure for all lighting works will be more than £75k per year. One example is the Marlands carpark - see the case study in the list of documents below.

Along with other cost savings through technical measures and careful management of our energy procurement contract, this year we've saved about £183k against our annual energy bills, more than £70k of which was on behalf of our schools.

Free Energy Efficiency Training Sessions at Southampton City Council

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Southampton City Council are pleased to offer a series of training sessions on a range of energy efficiency technologies. The training will be at the Civic Centre, and of particular interest to building maintenance and architectural design staff in the council, site and business managers in schools, and local SMEs (small and medium enterprises). The sessions will run from 10.00 am to 12.30, in ROOM 121 and those that wish may stay for a light lunch. The final session will be held on Thursday, 24th April.

24 April Trend Energy Management Systems / Hamworthy boilers PROGRAMME

If you wish to attend or have any queries or requests for a particular area or technology to be included, please contact Jane Altounyan on 023 8083 2681 or

Further information

1. Joint Energy Procurement Contract

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Laser is the Council’s energy supplies manager. Using their huge buying power, Laser procures our energy as cheaply as possible and validates all the bills to ensure that we are not paying more than we should. Laser has been contracted to ensure that our energy billing, data, management information and reporting requirements are being met. This process not only saves us money but also helps us meet the legal obligations under the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). The Energy Team manage this contract

Organisations that have joined the contract enjoy an approximate 35% lower energy bills and lower administration over energy billing. 

Please see the Energy Contract FAQs document below for more information.

If you are part of the SCC estate and want to discuss joining the Laser contract contact the Energy Team.

2. Systems Link Energy Management System

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All sites within the Council estate are able to provide energy meter readings to us easily by visiting the SystemsLink website, although the Council are currently rolling out ‘smart’ meters to most sites, which will mean that we receive readings automatically.

Regular, up to date and accurate meter readings are important because they

• Help you to see your patterns of energy use and expenditure.
• Help us to identify opportunities for reducing your energy bills
• Satisfy statutory reporting requirements of CRC

Instructions on How to load meter readings to SystemsLink website and how to see information about your school or site energy consumption, including a listing of invoices, can be found in the documents below.

The SystemsLink website can be found on the links below 

3. Our Progress - CRC

Southampton City Council is a participant in the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) which requires that large energy users report their carbon emissions and purchase allowances – currently £12 for each tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted.

Documents showing our performance under CRC for the past year can be accessed by downloading the annual report summary in the list of documents below. In 2014 schools will no longer be required to participate in the CRC, but the cost per tonne of CO2 will increase to £15.60, and street and traffic lights will be brought within the scheme, increasing our liability substantially.

4. Schools

The Energy Team also help Southampton’s publicly funded schools to manage and reduce their energy budgets.

The list of Display Energy Certificate (DEC) ratings for schools in the City are available upon request.

For more information on how your school could make energy saving as part of a whole school campaign contact the Energy Team for advice, or to arrange a site energy audit, energy efficient project management, or energy monitoring services.

Note that schools will no longer be required to participate in the CRC from Phase 2 (April 2014) although their dedicated schools grant will be reduced to a roughly equivalent amount, and it is understood that schools will still be required to report their energy use to the DfE.

5. Energy Partnership

Energy Partnership

The energy partnership brings together organisations and businesses in the city to share best practice on energy reduction in their buildings and operations. This is a partnership of organisations with the ability and commitment to take action to reduce energy needs and costs, and to reduce the carbon footprint of the city. The partnership will incrementally develop to cover wider environmental themes such as natural resource and water use; biodiversity and green infrastructure. The Partnership is co-chaired by the City Council and The University of Southampton.  If you would like to join the partnership please contact Jane Altounyan on 023 8083 2681.

Staff E-Learning Portal

Staff who do not have access to the intranet to do the E-Learning Programme in Sustainability can access the portal here. If you have not done so, you will need to register with your payroll number. Some staff do not have a payroll number and in this case please contact Learning & Development to get a username and password.

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