As world leaders meet at the UN Climate Conference in Paris this week (2 December), Hampshire County Council is playing its part to reduce carbon emissions – already delivering savings of almost £3 million.
Councillor Mel Kendal, the County Council’s Executive Member for Income and Capital Receipts has highlighted how Hampshire has exceeded its own ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 20 per cent – cutting CO2 emissions by more than 30,000 tonnes over five years. These reductions have delivered a total saving of 22.8 per cent, which has meant the County Council has avoided having to pay out around £2.7 million in energy costs over the past five years. A further £275,000 of carbon tax savings have been achieved in this year alone.
Commenting, Councillor Kendal said: “Exceeding this challenging target, set five years ago, is a considerable achievement and demonstrates the County Council’s strong commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. The intention is that by 2025, a further 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions can be achieved – not only protecting the environment, but also enabling the Council to make further savings on energy costs and generate income from the national grid through the use of renewable technologies. By 2050, our ambition is to be carbon neutral.”
Savings on emissions have been made across the County Council’s estate. In schools and office buildings, maintenance improvements such as re-roofing projects and boiler and lighting replacements have contributed substantially to the saving. Carbon management is also a key consideration in all new building projects designed by the County Council’s in-house Property Services designers and engineers – and is considered not only in new buildings, but also in refurbishments and extensions. A major programme of street lighting replacement has also contributed significantly to the reductions.
The successful installation of 20 Solar Photovoltaic systems across County Council schools is now delivering efficiency savings of £20,000 per annum, and generating 200,000 kWh of power every year. A successful pilot of solar photovoltaic energy generation on three of the County Council’s corporate buildings has added to the savings generated last year, and a second phase of around 20 installations is now underway.
Through the ‘Do your Energy Bit’ behaviour-change initiative, County Council staff and pupils at Hampshire schools are also contributing to driving down energy use – adopting positive energy habits for the future.
Learn more about how the County Council is cutting its carbon emissions.