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TOPIC: How have you reduced your carbon?

The role of cities in Sustainable Development 2 years, 1 month ago #16

Over on our LightCommunity's LED Expert Panel blog (bit.ly/qCv2IY), Harry Verhaar, Philips Lighting Head of Strategic Sustainability Initiatives, has posed an interesting question: Can our attitudes toward sustainable development can be affected by the benefits we focus on? Here are Harry’s thoughts – I’d like to hear your views, too:
As the world is transitioning from linear consumption driven growth towards a more sustainable development pathway, lighting has become a sector increasingly known for its potential to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
We know how to value - in monetary terms - the energy savings that, on a global level, amount to € 128 billion, and we're trying to put a number to its environmental potential (the carbon savings and the reduced risk of weather instabilities). However, the big question is, if and how we will truly value the ‘social’ benefits of the improved LED lighting quality and versatility.
Often technology, policy measures and financing are earmarked as the most important enablers for faster sustainable development. A fourth key enabler (that is not yet leveraged to its full potential) is the way we communicate. Imagine if everything was labeled ‘low-carbon’ or ‘green’, - wouldn’t that be off-putting?
The importance of a simple choice of words can be seen by looking at the following example. Imagine a city that has implemented a large-scale LED lighting program. Which sounds more motivating and would make you (as citizen or neighboring city) act: ‘Low-carbon City’, or ‘Green City’, or perhaps rather ‘Livable City’?

Joining up the renewable energy systems to deliver integrated energy solutions 2 years, 1 month ago #17

It may be easier to provide answers to the questions if we look at an actual example.
Herne Bay is a town of some 30000 souls living in largely dense private housing. The town enjoys an off shore wind farm with applications for extensions and nearby St Nicholas at Wade has a field of PV cells. The nearby Kent coal fields were shut in the early nineties. Town gas production ceased a little earlier. The 1 mile pier was part demolished in the early nineties but there is a local campaign to rebuild it providing the opportunity to install Thames estuary barrage power at the same time. The need to constantly repair the coastal defences provides the opportunity to provide wave power barriers to form part of those defences.. 
With all this in place there would still be an energy gap that would need filling. Could local clean power generation provide energy for the town combined with district heating schemes for the energy poor in line with solutions espoused at the recent “Brewery conference”?
We hear of clean coal power generation solutions. Prototype diesels in the USA and Germany using coal dust of 10 microns have been built producing electricity at up to 70% efficiency, depending on how you measure that.  There is the  possibility of using the coolant water in district heating schemes and cleaned exhaust gases to heat green houses to produce vegetables for local consumption and for meals on wheels and local hospitals.
Quality local light industry has collapsed and the loss of the coal jobs is still felt. There is an association with Cummins power generation diesels at Ramsgate could give local expertise to build coal dust plant. Coal is a national resource that reduces the need for imports and improves our dire balance of payments. There is the possibility to turn problems into solutions with some joined up thinking.
There is still money available from the sale of the nation’s coal fields. I would like to see some joined up thinking.
Dave Ramsey

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years, 1 month ago #18

I often wonder why we often pull down window blinds and swithc on the lights. Officers are aften really badly designed in this respect and miss out the fact there is a celestial object called the sun which provides light. LED's are a good idea; after the last GovToday conference I purchased 7 for my house. It cost me £116 (ouch!) They are sort of OK although the light quality is a bit well, "grey" in tone. I won't need to tell my daughters off for leaving the lights on as much as its not 25W not 250W in total. How do we get our facilities managers to convert to LED?

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 years ago #19

Hi Claire,

I see that you have included Electric Utility Vehicles and reducing Fleet Vehicles in your Carbon Management Plan.

Have you considered Electric Bicycles as a short distance, around campus solution?

Ralph

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 1 year, 1 month ago #20

"We have reduced our carbon emissions at Herts County Council in a number of ways through our recently established Carbon Management Plan. One of our larger projects under the CM plan has been engaging with the facilities managers at our 4 main office sites on the time settings of the BMS. We discovered some weekend and out of hours usage that wasn't necessary and worked with the FM Building Services Managers to make the changes. As part of this, we have also put in place monthly energy management meetings with the FM Building Services Managers to control the energy consumption of our 4 main sites more generally moving forward."

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 1 year, 1 month ago #21

Enfield Council adopted a 25% carbon reduction target as part of the Carbon Trust's five year Local Authority Carbon Management Programme. Our Carbon Management Plan has committed the Council to reach this target by 2014 as compared to a 2008/09 baseline of 41,812 tonnes. The Council is on track to meet this commitment, due to a combination of a wide range of 'Invest to Save' projects to save energy in its corporate buildings and building disposals, including those delivered through New Ways of Working programme.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 1 year, 1 month ago #22

Vision 21 is an environmental sustainability charity focused on Gloucestershire. Vision 21 chairs the Cheltenham Low Carbon Partnership, which comprises voluntary, public service and private business organisations. The LCP produced the BGB and has opened it out for any individual or organisation to use. It is also a growing resources tool, as new items have been added since its launch and we would welcome examples for inclusion of other organisations’ experiences.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 1 year, 1 month ago #23

Waste Watch (a programme in Keep Britain Tidy), supports schools, communities, businesses and individuals to waste less and live more, showing that what’s good for the environment is good for us. This includes supporting the initial understanding and analysis of waste/ carbon activities, to action planning and designing solutions collaboratively. For example through our Eco-Schools programme schools are helped to identify energy saving measure or possibilities to use renewable energy and helped to formulate an improvement plan, building leadership skills in students . We also support long-term measures of carbon reduction, such as improving the UK’s housing in energy – efficiency through better insulation (also supporting the Energy Bill Revolution). Of course Waste Watch try to live by our values and the teams share and learn from each other, ways to Waste less, Live more!

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 1 year, 1 month ago #24

De Montfort University (DMU) has taken a comprehensive approach to measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions through the development of its Carbon Management Plan (CMP) which includes measuring carbon emissions from a variety of sources, including scope 1 (gas consumption for our owned buildings and fuel consumption for our own fleet), scope 2 (electricity use in our buildings) and scope 3 (staff and student commuting, international student travel, business travel, waste management, water and procurement). The CMP was approved by the Board of Governors in February 2011 and is publicly available at www.dmu.ac.uk/documents/about-dmu-docume...management-plan.pdf.

The CMP sets out carbon reduction targets for gas use, emissions from DMU owned vehicles and emissions from electricity use (scope 1 and 2 emissions) in line with guidance produced by HEFCE. The targets adopted were a reduction of 43% by 2020 with interim targets of 12% by 2012 and 29% by 2017 against a 2005/06 baseline which reflect the Higher Education sector targets adopted by HEFCE.

As a result of activities, projects and awareness raising campaigns conducted in the last 4 years, the scopes 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions have achieved significant reductions in 2011/12 from our 2005/06 baseline levels, suggesting that DMU is in a good position to achieve the interim reduction targets for 2012 and 2017. Some of these activities and projects are:

• Staff engagement and behavioural change: Green impact, Student Switch off campaign, JISC-funded DUALL research project (Deliberative User Approach in a Living Lab - duall.dmu.ac.uk/), 10:10 awareness raising campaign;
• Energy efficiency as part of the Refurbishment of Edith Murphy House, including improvements to insulation and heating controls and the installation of air sourced heat pumps;
• Upgrade and optimisation of building management systems (BMS) controls
• Modification of air handling units
• Installation of Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors in vending machines

It is important to highlight research projects conducted by the Institute of Energy & Sustainable Development (IESD) in collaboration with the Estates Department to improve the communication of energy use in buildings. These projects play a part in reducing emissions. For example, the DUALL project developed an energy widget for PC desktops which provided regular information about the energy usage of the Queens Building as a way of influencing behaviour. As part of the project a switch off weekend took place which reduced the electricity base load of the building by 20% over the weekend. Ongoing research projects are examining how social networks influence attitudes and personal norms related to climate change mitigation in the non-domestic setting (including commuting behaviour). It is also important to mention that DMU is collaborating in a European research project titled “SMARTSPACES” which has the objective of enabling public authorities across Europe to improve the management of energy in their buildings by exploiting information and communication technologies.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 6 months ago #25

I think it’s important that we inspire people of all ages and from all walks of life to embrace sustainability and make living in a sustainable way part of their every day life whether at work or at home.
I believe that if we are aware of what is happening; we will look at the things we do, the things we buy, differently. At present many of us act as if we believe everything will always be there…..People often say they are too busy or that they do not have time to consider sustainable ways of operating a business.

It’s all a matter of understanding. Understanding what is really happening to the world. Understanding that it does not take a great deal of effort to be sustainable, it’s about having the desire and the will to reduce the waste and to maximise the things we have, not because people are told they have to do so but because they understand it is the right thing to do.

All too often we in the UK talk about recycling as if it is the only thing we have to consider. Nothing could be further from the truth. If we are to make recycling reach its full potential it will only do so if it comes behind reduce and reuse.We have to reduce what we take from the planet; locally and globally.
We have to reuse what we do take. And only when we have set Reduce and Reuse procedures and policies in place should we Recycle.

We do not have to change the way we live, we just have to adjust and adapt the way we use things.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 3 months, 3 weeks ago #26

Engaging head teachers, school governors and bursars and identifying opportunities for energy saving within schools through energy audits. Encouraging behaviour change through agreed action plans. Awareness raising through council equipment e.g the energy bike, efficiency toolkits and lesson plans. Linking with Eco Schools.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 3 months, 1 week ago #27

As the heating season is fast approaching there have been discussions regarding the use of portable heaters across the Trust as they contribute significantly to our winter electrical load and have often caused issues, especially as their type/efficiency is not currently managed.

Does anyone have any examples of how they have reduced the use of portable heaters? Has anyone implemented low energy portable heaters in their organisation?

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 months, 1 week ago #28

We at Future Training College teach courses such as The Green Deal and Residential /Commercial energy assessor courses for companies, future aspiring assessors and the general public. Which includes teaching from basics such as the earth’s fossil fuels to our everyday living and how we impact the environment , we also pose questions to get people thinking about how we can reduce our carbon emissions and teach behaviour advice in becoming more energy efficient.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 months ago #29

The Scottish Government have used carbon savings to inform their waste policy. Carbon impact is not always well aligned to weight. Through the Scottish Carbon Metric they encourage Local Authorities to consider both the weight of waste recycled and the carbon savings.
www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/carbonmetric

WasteDataFlow also incorporates UK-relevant carbon factors developed by WRAP. This informs Local Authorities of the carbon impact of their waste management, which is reduced through waste prevention, reuse, recycling and recovery in preference to landfill. www.wastedataflow.org/

The information on carbon savings supports the waste hierarchy in almost all cases (prevention>reuse>recycling>recovery>disposal). Variations are identified in national guidance on the waste hierarchy published by DEFRA, the Welsh Government, Scottish Government and DoE Northern Ireland.

Re: How have you reduced your carbon? 2 months ago #30

I work in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency communicating opportunities in these areas to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions. On a personal note I try to ride a bike everywhere I can to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.
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