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Energy Use in Southampton Council Estate

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Key facts about energy management at Southampton City Council:-

  • We currently spend almost £5 million each year on energy (gas, electricity, district heating and cooling) for our buildings and operations, including street and traffic lighting, and schools.
  • 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, and our performance against targets, from the links below.
  • The Energy Team is Jason Taylor (Energy Manager), Rae Newman (Energy Contracts and Management Officer), and Jane Altounyan (Carbon Reduction Officer).

Increased Savings through Energy Management

Lighting Replacement Project

  • One of our projects to reduce our energy use and carbon emissions is to arrange for a number of inefficient lighting fixtures and fittings to be replaced by LEDs (light emitting diodes).
  • Completed projects are so far saving the Council an estimated £40,000 per year, and the final figure will be more than £75,000 savings per year.
  • Add this to other projects this year means we've saved about £183,000 on our annual energy bills - more than £70,000 of which was on behalf of our schools.

Further information

1. Joint Energy Procurement Contract

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  • Kent Laser procures our energy as cheaply as possible and provides us with automated billing. The Energy Team manage this contract.
  • Organisations that have joined the contract pay approximately 35% lower energy bills. 
  • 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 can provide meter readings to us easily by visiting the SystemsLink website.  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

Guidance showing you how to load meter readings to the SystemsLink website and how to run further reports on your school or site energy consumption, including a listing of invoices, can be found in the documents below.

A shortcut to the SystemsLink website can also be found on the links below 

3. Our Progress - Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)

The Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) requires that large energy users report their carbon emissions and purchase allowances – currently £12 for each tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted.

To see our performance under CRC for the past year download 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 the costs by about 30%.

4. Schools Energy Support

The Energy Team 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.

5. 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. .
  • The Partnership is co-chaired by the 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.

Downloadable documents

Icon Name of file Size Download time
PDF document LASER Energy Purchased Benchmark Performance Report July 2013 324 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document CRC Annual Report 2013-2014 190 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Marlands multi storey case study 16 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Carbon Reduction Policy 37 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Greenhouse Gas DECC Report 2014 87 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
Word document Instructions for Loading meter readings to SystemsLink website 27 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Guide to Reports on Systems Link Online 664 KB 2secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document SCC Energy Procurement Contract FAQs 142 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document How to Read Meters 131 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Energy Vision 1094 KB 4secs @ 2Mbps
Link to download Adobe Acrobat if required

Related links

This website
Energy Saving Tips
Other websites
Energy Saving Trust
Systemslink Web Reports and Meter Readings

Contact information