Carbon reductionGreenhouse gas emissions published
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Councils Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report for 2013/14 is aligned to international guidance on greenhouse gas reporting the GHG Protocol. The Council is committed to reducing its impact on climate change and preparing for the known impacts of changing weather patterns, evidenced through our Carbon Management Plan and Climate Change Adaptation Plan.
We recognise the importance of the transparency of measuring and reporting our emissions, which enables us to target our resources better to achieve reductions.
Download our GHG Emissions Report for 2013/14
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Read on to find out more about our efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Cutting carbon emissions as part of the fight against climate change is one of our key priorities. It is all about putting our own house in order and leading by example. We have a corporate Key Objective to reduce our Carbon footprint.
We have developed a Carbon Management Plan in conjunction with the Carbon Trust. The Plan includes our target to reduce CO2 emissions from our own operations by 40% over the next 5 years (to end of 2014).
The success of the programme relies on investment in order to deliver the projects identified in the programme. We have been successful in securing £3.5m capital funding over the next 5 years to implement the projects identified in our Carbon Management Plan. Projects are already underway, and future projects will be prioritised in terms of potential carbon savings and length of payback.
Download our Carbon Management Plan:
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How we are doing...
Since the plan was approved in March 2010 we have:
- Taken delivery of an electric vehicle, available for staff and members to use in their daily work activities.
- Launched the first section of our staff awareness campaign 'Switch it off', which prompted a 7% drop in electricity usage in the main council building in the first two months.
- Launched an online energy efficiency staff training tool.
- Recruited our first carbon champions.
- Held an awareness session for our councillors.
- Developed a suite of environmental policies, including climate change, energy and carbon management.
- Completed boiler replacement schemes at two of our schools and our literacy centre.
- Completed the installation of cavity wall insulation to 3 schools.
- Completed the installation of voltage optimisation equipment to a Museum and a secondary school, and carried out logging and surveys for similar installations at 4 leisure centres and 1 office.
- Replaced an old gas-fired boiler plant at Highcliffe Primary School with a new biomass boiler plant.
- Commenced projects for; - lighting upgrades and controls to 12 buildings;
- valve / boilerhouse insulation to 3 buildings;
- replacement of sterilising sinks with dishwashers in 26 schools
- We have now also replaced 95% of our light vehicle fleet and fitted them with speed limiters to reduce fuel consumption.
- And we have begun a large scale programme of installing renewable energy technologies across our buildings: - photovoltaic (PV) solar panels have been installed at Redcar and Cleveland House, one of our main offices
- solar PV has also been installed at Guisborough Forest and Walkway Visitor Centre, and further installations will be taking place at the City Learning Centre in Teesville and two of our schools by the Summer 2011.
...more information can be found on our renewable energy page
Our progress is reported quarterly to the Carbon Management Board and to cabinet.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
is a 10:10 organisation
In 2009, the Council signed up to the national 10:10 Campaign, which aimed to achieve a 10% cut in the UKs carbon emissions in 2010. The Carbon Management Programme will therefore assist with delivering our pledge to cut emissions during 2010 and beyond. To find out more about the 10:10 campaign visit www.1010global.org/uk.
Covenant of Mayors initiative
In January 2009, Redcar & Cleveland signed up to the European Covenant of Mayors (COM) initiative on climate change. The initiative was championed at a regional level with all 12 North East Authorities participating, voluntarily committing to go beyond set governmental targets on carbon reduction.
On 14th September 2010 Cabinet approved our Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), that shows how the local authority will reach our CO2 reduction target of 20% by 2020 for our Borough. It covers areas where local authorities can influence energy consumption in the long term (such as land use planning), encourage markets for energy efficient products and services (such as public procurement) as well as changes in consumption patterns, working with stakeholders and citizens. It should be noted that our baseline specifically excludes emissions from heavy industry.
A copy of our Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) was submitted to the EU on 31 October 2010.
For further information on the Covenant of Mayors initiative visit www.eumayors.eu
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