Carbon emissions cut by 9% in one year

elcar Published Tuesday, 10th October 2017

CO2 emissions across Worcestershire County Council have been cut by 9% in one year thanks to a new Plan.

The County Council is actively reducing its energy consumption and carbon emissions, coupled with reducing Council spend on energy across our corporate sites and future proofing against rising energy costs.

Significant reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions have already been achieved over recent years: emissions fell by 23% from 2009/10 to 2015/16 from Council operations and activities.

Following on from this success, the County Council produced a new Energy & Carbon Management Plan in 2016 and set a new target to reduce emissions by 20% over the next 5 years*.

Cllr Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment, said: "We are delighted with the progress that has been made in terms of reducing the Council's carbon emissions through the first year of our new Energy and Carbon Management Plan. A 9% reduction in emissions in one year is extremely significant and testament to the hard work of the Council and its partners in ensuring we are reducing the Council's environmental impact and saving the taxpayer money.

"We will continue to strive to reduce our emissions further, which is particularly important in these times of rapidly rising energy costs. Any investment now to reduce emissions and save money from our energy and fuel bills will reap significant benefits for us in the future"

The Council operates an internal £3m Spend to Save Energy Efficiency Fund to support energy projects on our own estate. The projects that are supported by the Council's Spend to Save Fund are saving the Council £395,000 every year.

The main areas of CO2 reduction were realised through street lighting and staff mileage - 14% reduction respectively; and WCC buildings (excluding schools) where gas and electricity consumption reduced by 6%.

This is the result of a number of energy saving initiatives, in particular street lighting projects to implement part night switch off as well as dimming and LED street lighting across the County; implementation of invest to save projects in WCC buildings including solar photo voltaic (PV) array installations; lighting improvements, lighting controls and insulation projects; and the introduction of three electric vehicles to the Council's transport fleet, amongst others.

The Council operates an internal £3m Spend to Save Fund to support energy efficiency projects on our own estate. The projects that are supported by the Spend to Save Fund are saving the Council £395,000 every year.

The County Council has had energy and carbon management plans in place since 2005. It is continually striving to reduce energy costs, consumption and carbon emissions in line with the Corporate Sustainability Programme.

The Energy and Carbon Management Plan is available here http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/file/7584/county_council_carbon_management_strategy_and_action_plan_2016%E2%80%932021

For more information email sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk