Nov 30, 2017

Nottingham City Council with Regen Green Energy Award

UK
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Nottingham City Council wins Most Proactive Public Sector award
On 28 November, Regen hosted its Green Energy Award ceremony in which Nottingham City Council won the award for Most Proactive Public Sector...

On 28 November, Regen hosted its Green Energy Award ceremony in which Nottingham City Council won the award for Most Proactive Public Sector.

The awards are presented to honour organisations for their dedication, innovation, and creative ingenuity in regards to clean and smart energy.

Nottingham currently holds the title as the UK’s most energy self-sufficient city, as in 2006 it generated 3% of it’s power from renewables and waste.

The council’s leader, Jon Collins, has signed the UK100 pledge and committed to running off 100% clean energy by 2050.

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The city has historically shown innovation in regards to the criteria, with establishing in the 1970s a low carbon district heating network that uses waste to heat 5,000 homes, and is currently working on the 2020 Sustainable Energy Strategy.

“The public sector is making a real contribution to the decarbonisation of the UK’s energy sector; to be named as a leader here is a great recognition for the council,” said Councillor Dave Liversidge, The City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability.

“We are showing that it is possible to support the green agenda while still offering viable services.”

“Many of our energy projects are also generating a substantial income for the council and helping to protect frontline services as well as making great strides in reducing the city’s carbon footprint.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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