Energy management in Council buildings
Energy use in Council buildings is a major source of carbon dioxide (a green house gas effecting climate change) and is also a major expense with costs set to rise over the coming years. Calderdale Council's Environmental policy sets a challenging target to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 40% (compared to 2005 levels) by 2020. To reduce costs and carbon dioxide, the Council is undertaking:
Recording and checking energy consumption
Monthly / quarterly billing data entered into database, enabling the following:
- Tariff analysis;
- notifying the building user of high / low consumption and investigating the reasons; providing advice, guidance and support;
- calculation of performance indicators in order to identify areas for cost effective improvement.
- Detailed investigation of building use, fabric, occupancy, heating and lighting controls;
- measurement of energy flows and performance of plant and equipment;
- review of policies and practices for energy management;
- opportunities identified for investment in energy efficiency measures.
Smarter Fuel purchasing
The Environmental Management team works with building users to ensure the most cost effective fuel purchasing possible for Council buildings.
Energy efficiency improvements
Energy efficiency is the most cost effective way to reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide. Initiatives already undertaken include a Combined heat and power system for Todmorden Pool; quality insulated new pools at Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse; and efficient lighting for the Town Hall.
Purchasing green energy for Council buildings
Only 17% of all the electricity used by Calderdale Council is now generated from certified renewable energy sources. This results in a carbon dioxide saving of around 1,020 tonnes per year.
Association for the Conservation of Energy|
The association aims to encourage a national awareness of the need for and benefits of energy conservation, help to establish sensible and consistent national policies and programmes, and increase investment in energy saving measures.
Energy Saving Trust|
The Trust focuses on delivering practical energy conservation solutions for households, small firms and the road transport sector.
Centre for Sustainable Energy|An independent charity which aims to advance sustainable energy policy and practice. CSE seeks environmentally sound and affordable energy solutions that meet the needs of and engage with people and communities.