Lancaster City Council makes progress in reducing its energy consumption
Lancaster City Council’s bid to help tackle the causes of climate change is already showing spectacular results as well as reducing the cost of its energy consumption by almost £200,000.
In 2008, Lancaster City Council commenced a programme to reduce its energy consumption to reduce both costs and the amount of carbon dioxide resulting from its activities.
Latest figures show that the council's energy consumption in 2011/12 has fallen by more than 31% in comparison with the energy consumed in 2008/09 and at its Salt Ayre Sports Centre alone, energy consumption has reduced by more than 40% over the same period.
Better energy-saving control systems and improved building insulation have contributed to the savings. At Salt Ayre Sports Centre, pumps and meters have been upgraded and covers have been installed for the swimming pool to maintain the heat whilst the pool is closed.
Together with technical improvements and better energy deals, the amount of money spent on energy has reduced by almost £200,000 representing a fall of over 40% in comparison to 2008/09. Changes made at the Salt Ayre Sports Centre have saved the council more than £146,000, representing a 54% reduction.
Coun Tim Hamilton-Cox, Cabinet member with responsibility for climate change and property services, said: “By focusing on saving energy in its buildings, the council has achieved a very significant financial payback and reduced the environmental impact of day-to-day activities.
“Less energy consumption has helped the council to tackle the causes of climate change by reducing the amount of CO2 emitted from its buildings by over 27%.
"Well done and thanks to all the council staff who have contributed to this achievement; it means that we are well on our way to reaching our target of a 34% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2020. Energy savings have also helped to protect council services elsewhere at a time of diminishing grant from central government.”
Lancaster City Council has recently completed the installation of solar panels to generate electricity on a number of council buildings which will help to further reduce energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions over the coming years.
Date Published: 16/05/12