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TOPIC: How have you reduced your carbon?

How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 5 months ago #1

With our annual Carbon reduction Conference in mind, I want to know what the public and private sector are doing at ground level to reduce carbon, increase efficiency and create a low carbon economy in your town or city?

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 5 months ago #2

We have worked with the carbon trust to produce a carbon plan for the next 5 years. Implementing the easy wins would save 485 tonnes of carbon emisions(46.8% of overall emissions come from schools) and2,000,000kWh of energy, approximate savings of 10%+ of the study total. The plan includes insulation,voltage optimisation, building management services ,and biomass (a pan-wales study which could reduce CO2 emissions by 60%)
Last Edit: 2 years, 5 months ago by Matthew Abbott.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 4 months ago #3

Following the adoption of the councils Climate Change strategy in 2008 the Council was selected, amidst strong competition, to take part in this ambitious carbon reduction programme, the Council in partnership with the Carbon Trust on this programme in order to realise vast carbon and cost savings. As a result a Carbon management program target was set in the Council’s Carbon Management Plan which commits the council to a target of reducing CO2 by 40% by 2014 and underpins potential financial savings to the council of at least £1.4 million.
The baseline data for the Council is based on the financial year 2007/08 and is shown in Part 3 of this plan. This shows that over 40 per cent of emissions come from council buildings, about 23.6 per cent from school buildings, and about 14% each from street lighting and our main contractors.
Carbon reduction projects have been identified and those that have been quantified to date show a potential reduction in emissions of 5.4Kt per year.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 4 months ago #4

Carbon reduction projects have been identified and those that have been quantified to date show a potential reduction in emissions of 5.4Kt per year.

To date, the Council had identified projects which can potentially deliver between 77404 tCO2 and 8021 tCO2 reduction, equating to 32-34% of overall Council’s emissions. There are 19 projects which are yet to be evaluated which could add further reductions..

[to read more visit the council’s environment and transport webpage at
and to download the strategy go to http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/pdf/Climate%20change%20strategy.pdf]

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 3 months ago #5

Herefordshire Council adopted a six year 30% carbon reduction target as part of our participation in the Carbon Trust's local authority carbon management programme. We have over the last 3 years achieved a 7% reduction in our carbon footprint. See www.herefordshire.gov.uk/docs/HEREFORDSH..._GHG_REPORT_2011.pdf for our latest carbon footprint

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 2 months ago #6

We have refurbished the following property using affordable, low carbon measures that may save future tenants up to £1,300 each year on energy bills.
Next, we will work on 14 flats, using new methods and materials that may similarly cut each property's carbon emissions by over 86 per cent.
Over the next two years the house and flats will be tested for their eco-performance, while residents live there.
For further information on the refurbished properties, please click on the following link : www.nottinghillhousing.org.uk/about-us/b...s/sterndale-road-w14

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 2 months ago #7


Over the past 4 years Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT has Identified several projects through membership of the Carbon Management plan and with core support from our Finance director have managed to reduce our carbon out put by 33%.

These savings have been achieved by the following:

The introduction of an Energy Environmental Manager (me)
Replacement of coal steam boilers to gas Low Temperature Hot Water boilers,
Replacement of mechanical steam traps for venturi style ones (GEM)
Engagement of staff to help with good housekeeping

We have an ongoing capital projects folder that introduce new technologies and schemes that promote energy efficiency and also an energy/environmental working group which engages front line staff to help promote awareness. As a NHS Trust we still have many more projects that need to be carried out but feel we our well on our way to meeting all government targets that have been set in motion.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 2 months ago #8

Here at the University of Sunderland we have committed to reducing our Carbon Emission (scope 1&2) by 48% by 2020/21 against a 2005/06 baseline, we've implemented a number of projects already to help work towards this reduction including:
Installing PIR Sensors
A ground source heat pump
Voltage Optimisers
High Density Lighting
Room management
Evaporated cooling in our new data centre
Utlising electric utility vehicles and reducing fleet vehicle numbers

We are currently finalising the first annual review of our Carbon Management Plan and assessing what progress we've made against our longer term target. I strongly recommend anyone to utilise the support of the Carbon Trust if available, we have and they've been an excellent resource.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 1 month ago #9

At Sherwood Forest Hospital Mansfield which is a recently constructed 700 bed PFI district general hospital, SHA Estates assessed and helped secure funding from the Department of Health for a heat pump to be installed to provide the cooling load for the hospital. As well as providing the cooling load for the hospital, any surplus heat generated can be utilised to supplement the heating.
The heat pump was specified to have an output of one mega-watt and utilises a local authority lake/reservoir as a heat sink.
The hospital is newly opened and consequently there is not sufficient data to asses the plants performance against its specification, but there is no doubt that a significant amount of CO2 is being saved.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 1 month ago #10

At St George's Hospital we have used a combined heat and power plant (CHP) since 1994 to reduce our reliance on import and thus reducing our carbon footprint. Combined heat and power plant (CHP) – is an energy conversion process where heat and electricity are produced in a single process, near to the site where they are to be used. The CHP works by using a gas turbine to produce electricity for the hospital and the waste gas which is produced as part of the process is used to heat a steam boiler for the thermal demand of the hospital. This has saved around around 5000 tonnes of CO2 per year, and around £500 K in energy costs per year.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 1 month ago #11

SUNFLOWER aims to create the necessary conditions to attract investment in renewable energy projects characterized by a large RES potential but with yet insufficient mass to attract industry. The test regions are Moura (PT), NorthYork (UK), Sliven (BUL) and various Czech regions. The project will act along three axes: political commitment, market stimulation and environmental awareness. The four main objectives are as follows:
Local authorities to trigger interest to build renewable energy powered plants
Attract renewable energy industry to the regions and increase the number of business partnerships formed between investors and local (or regional) authorities
Train recent graduates or young entrepreneurs in local markets and help to create new enterprises among them
Increase the ratio of popular involvement in the project and thus start a long and durable "community energy vision" in line with European energy climate targets.

For further information about the results of the project follow link below;

Last Edit: 2 years, 1 month ago by Neil Radcliffe.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 1 month ago #12

In tackling refurbishment, the Society is picking up on the need for the lighting community to address those buildings already in the ground which are oozing energy, particularly through poor quality lighting. SLL estimates that two thirds of the existing commercial building stock needs to be refurbished by 2050 if the UK is to hit its CRC commitment and that translates to 18 million buildings – one building a minute. For further information please go to www.sll.org.uk

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 1 month ago #13

Further to my earlier post on Sunflower Results

.... After the training,6 trainees created a company in the RESfield and 5 initiated the process of creation.This is a remarkable result considering the economic situation.Ongoing networking between the trainees resulted in 3 students from 2 countries creating a company together -SANFUTURE.This has been disseminated to the trainees in order to encourage future collaboration.One of the goals was to create a network among the trainees:a web social page was created by them to share experiences.

140 local dissemination and ‘special events’ were held during the course of the Project, which represents the ongoing and dedicated effort that all partners put in to education about RES at all levels of society. These events which would not have happened without Sunflower encompass a great variety of events and meetings on topics all related to RES and Sunflower. These events were planned by each Partner but using the unifying theme of Sunflower.

Sharing experiences of existing STBP’s(Envipark and Bilbao)has enabled key players to gain knowledge,experience and innovative solutions to problems and stimulated plans to create 2 more,one in in Sliven and one in Litomerice.Litomerice is currently working on a project to develop a geothermal plant which is the starting point for creating a new STBP on RE technologies.It has also helped to developing the PTMoura which already has established companies and a set of solar energy research units.

The installation of large, medium and domestic scale electricity generating RES units in the regions of Moura and Sliven and smaller units in the North York Moors with a total of 300 MW (target 10.5 MW) and a planned total investment of 530 M€ (target 35 M€) will be achieved. These investments represent a commitment of the Municipalities to develop energy generation from RES thereby promoting sustainability, regional development, creating employment and boosting the local economy.

Many more people than originally envisaged from all levels of society from decision makers to local communities have benefited from the wide dissemination of the Sunflower project results which will remain relevant and available for years to come.
Last Edit: 2 years, 1 month ago by Scott Buckler.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 1 month ago #14

For the last 18 months I have been coordinating a network of 'Street Champions' to assist with the delivery of the Ham & Petersham Low Carbon Zone. The aim is to reduce the Zone's CO2 emissions by 20% by 2012. So far around 800 households have signed up for the energy efficiency measures offered by the scheme and the network is expanding.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 1 month ago #15

The role of the Environment Manager at Birmingham Airport has traditionally been about monitoring and assessing the environmental impact of aviation, on the local environment, with a particular focus on complying with relevant legislation and planning obligations.

At Birmingham airport we have developed a programme of work that goes 'above and beyond' these criteria. Our approach is well organised, and we have developed and led a clear strategy that contributes towards creating a sustainable future for the West Midlands. Some of our key achievements are listed below:

'Operation Pathfinder' - a forum of engagement through which Birmingham Airport engages with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and airlines.

In 2009/10, we developed a new strategy to widen the scope of the group to include a programme to reduce the CO2 emissions (from airlines) at Birmingham. 'Operation Pathfinder' is now the umbrella for a number of projects aimed at reducing the airports environmental impact.

Through a partnership approach, we have influenced the behaviour of our colleagues to deliver initiatives such as:

* Continuous Descent Approaches (CDAs) - CDAs require significantly less engine thrust, which leads to reduced air emissions and noise. www.carbonoffsetsdaily.com/news-channels...co2-output-41959.htm

* Continuous taxi - reduction in stop/starts equate to less time in mode, therefore reducing fuel burn and emissions.

* Engine Out Taxiing - involves switching engine(s) off on arrival to reduce fuel burn and emissions.

* Reduced flown track-miles - reduce the miles flown by aircraft, therefore reducing fuel burn and emissions.

These initiatives reduce CO2 emissions from aircraft, but also have an economic benefit to the airlines as they reduce fuel burn. Our scope of work extends further than reducing the impact of Birmingham Airport's operations, we have promoted the potential fuel savings to encourage aircraft operators to participate in such initiatives. Above this, in a partnership with colleagues from Air Traffic Control, we regularly considers other ways to reduce environmental impacts. 'Operation Pathfinder' has the support of Caroline Spelman (MP for Meriden and Secretary of State for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). www.carolinespelman.com/text/newsshow.aspx?id=2&ref=1114. It has also been recognised as a forum of best practise, amongst other Airports.
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