Carbon management in schools
One of the Council's largest sources of carbon dioxide (a major green house gas responsible for climate change) is from the energy used in our schools. The cost of energy is already significant, and is set to rise considerably over the coming years. In light of this, the Council is working directly with schools to reduce their environmental impact as well as their bills.
Work completed so far
- Training provided for Head Teachers and Premise Managers at the 20 schools with the highest energy consumption across the borough
- Energy surveys conducted at several schools in the district and action plans developed to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
- Partnership working with the Alternative Technology Centre in Hebden Bridge to promote the SUSSED energy and water reduction programme in Calderdale’s primary schools
- Work with schools to install wind turbines, solar panels and biomass boilers
- Calderdale schools took part in the west Yorkshire carbon conferences and celebrated the 2010 CABE green day, taking part in environmental activities throughout the authority.
- In Sept 2010 the first of 100 smart meters are installed in schools to help manage energy usage.
Future work will be developed through Calderdale Energy Future, such as:
- Support the installation of further renewables;
- Raise awareness of carbon management among schools.
The Carbon Trust|
A government-funded independent company that was launched in 2002 to help the implementation of energy efficiency in the business and public sectors as well as to encourage the development of a low carbon sector in the UK.
An international environmental award scheme for schools, rewarding and accrediting schools that have made a commitment to continuously improving their environmental performance.
The Centre for Research, Education And Training in Energy (CREATE)
The Centre works with communities and organisations to reduce the effects of climate change and build a sustainable future. It has teaching and learning resources available for schools, and can deliver school-based education programmes relating to climate change, energy efficiency, water conservation and recycling.
Centre for Sustainable Energy| (CSE)
The Centre seeks sustainable energy solutions that engage people and communities to meet real needs for both environmentally sound and affordable energy services. It delivers innovative education programmes to schools and offers downloadable pupil activity sheets (closely linked to the curriculum), guidance and support for teachers, and energy auditing, management and monitoring.