Posted: Monday 5th June 2017
Four years ago we set ourselves a goal to reduce our carbon and energy usage by 15% before 2018. We are delighted to announce that, after a series of changes to our back office operations and service area procedures, we have exceeded our target by three per cent - two years early!
We have reduced the amount of carbon dioxide we were using by over 5,000 tonnes, which is the equivalent of the weight of around 1,250 male African bush elephants.
The Carbon Reduction target was set to ensure that we addressed the environmental impact of how we operate. We hope that by taking such measures we will inspire Hertfordshire residents to look at how they can make energy savings in their own homes.
The savings came from energy management work in the council’s office and service site properties. Initiatives have included better regulation and use of Building Management Systems, LED lighting upgrades, and the introduction of an Energy Champions network. Improvements in highways, which have included the introduction of LED lighting, have also played a key role in these savings. As a result of these changes our energy costs have come down, as have our carbon tax payments, resulting in a saving of £1million for Hertfordshire taxpayers.
“We’ve used creativity and innovation to drive down our energy usage over the last few years,” said Owen Mapley, Director of Resources at Hertfordshire County Council. “Our success has not only led to savings for Hertfordshire residents, it is also helping us to minimise our environmental impact. We are committed to continuing to reduce our carbon consumption in the coming years.”
Following this successful carbon reduction, the council is now set to hit an even more ambitious target by bringing the total carbon reduction to 24% by April 2018.