Carbon emissions recorded in the financial year 2008/09 are the ‘baseline’. That year the County Council’s CO2 emissions totalled 131,800 tonnes.
The County Council’s carbon emissions come from:
Street Lighting (21%)
Council offices, libraries, residential care homes, museums (15%)
Travel - such as social workers visiting clients, couriers and supply vehicles (5%).
The County Council has a number of projects underway to reduce its carbon emissions. To achieve the planned 20% reduction by 2015, the County Council is:
Improving the energy efficiency of buildings. Big savings can be made by reducing the number of County Council buildings and making the remaining buildings more efficient.
Improving street lighting. A new Street Lighting Private Finance Initiative has begun to replace all the street lighting in Hampshire.
Monitoring energy use carefully. This helps the County Council target improvements where they will be most valuable. New technology called Smart Meters have been installed to accurately measure and record energy use in our buildings.
Changing people’s behaviour. A recent test in one County Council office building proved that energy savings of 8% are possible just by making small changes to the way we use energy. Staff will be given tips and tactics to help them make better use of energy in their work places.
Improving the efficiency of our ICT. By reducing the number of servers the council uses, and investing in energy efficient technology, the County Council can make energy savings and improve back-office processes as well.
Preparing for the carbon tax. The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme will mean that Hampshire County Council and other large organisations have to purchase 'carbon credits’ based on their emissions. This could cost the County Council £1.45 million per year so reducing the energy we use and therefore the carbon we emit will be important to minimise these costs.
Schools are the biggest source of emissions – 60% of the County Council’s total footprint. For this reason, school staff and pupils are also helping to reduce carbon. The improvements to buildings, energy monitoring, ICT and carbon-friendly behaviour are all things that schools are taking an active part in. Find out more at School Energy Matters.