Council owned buildings produce a quantity of carbon emissions due to the use of energy which burns fossil fuels. Since 2009 a number of programmes have been completed to reduce these emissions from our offices, schools, leisure centres and care facilities. However to achieve carbon neutrality we need to reduce the emissions even further.
These are some of the ongoing works and projects we have completed:-
- Installed low carbon and renewable energy systems in over 50 of our own buildings including offices, schools and leisure centres. Technologies include solar PV, solar thermal, wind turbines, heat pumps, biomass boilers and combined heat and power.
- Non domestic energy generation systems met approximately 10% of the Council’s energy demand in 2018-19.
- Installed low carbon and renewable energy systems in its own housing since 2009 including solar PV, ground and air source heat pumps and battery storage. There are now over 700 homes with solar PV and the Council was one of the first authorities to trial the combination of air source heat pumps, solar PV and battery storage.
- Invested in innovative technologies such as transpired solar collectors and battery storage.
- Deliver an annual programme of energy efficiency measures, such as building fabric insulation, draught proofing, new boilers, new heating controls, lighting upgrades etc in the Council’s non domestic buildings since 2008.
- Investing and deliver energy efficiency improvements in our own housing through the Welsh Housing Quality Standard and Welsh Government/UK Government schemes such as NEST, Arbed, Warm Homes Fund and Eco (including improvements of private households).
- Rationalised our estate and moved staff to a modern, more energy efficient building at Ewloe.
- Building and renovating fit for future schools through the 21st Century Schools Programme.
- Replacing the Council’s streetlighting with LED lamps which use significantly less electricity.
These are areas we feel need improvement:-
- Further investment in low carbon technology in our buildings - improve the specification of energy efficiency through improved insulation, glazing, etc.
- Design and refurbish Buildings for low energy operation and adaption to the impacts of climate change - ensure new buildings and major refurbishments are designed with a focus on low energy use in their operation, and are better able to adapt to the changes in climate through positioning of buildings, materials used, etc.
- Further Explore Renewable Energy for Heating Our Buildings - design new buildings that utilise renewable energy heating systems, and further develop retro-fitting our existing buildings with renewable energy heating.
- Engagement in our offices and schools to encourage behaviour change - work with staff, teachers, pupils, school councils and youth councils to adopt and maintain energy efficiency measures in our buildings.
For more information please email the climate change team at: email@example.com