Implementing an Energy Policy
It is a sad fact that, as for any project, energy management programmes that do not follow a structured approach run the risk of failure. Adoption of a formal energy policy is essential to ensure that the necessary resources are allocated on an ongoing basis, and that energy management is given the priority it deserves throughout the school.
At present there is no legislation enforcing reductions in energy usage or carbon emissions specifically for schools, however it is almost inevitable that in time reductions will become mandatory. So why not get ahead of the game and start implementing your own policy?
Another motivation may be the knowledge that your school, along with most other public buildings, will soon be legally required to display an Energy Rating certificate showing energy performance on an A-G scale. The rating certificate will look a little like the A-G certificates you see on new fridges and washing machines.
Write an energy policy that outlines the school's commitment to - and set performance standards for - improving its energy performance. A sample school policy can be found at the bottom of this page.
The policy should outline clear and concise goals and objectives to drive the school forward.
Define clear and sound lines of communication of energy related issues within the school.
The responsibilities and resources available should be defined, and a review process laid out.
Display the policy document for staff, pupils and other stakeholders to highlight overall energy management and environmental commitments.
For further information download Carbon Trust publication:
GPG343 – Saving Energy - A Whole School Approach