Kirklees Council Tops the CRC League Table for Yorkshire and Humber Local Authorities
Posted on 01/03/2013 11:28 AM
The Environment Agency has published a league table which ranks organisations according to how they manage energy use under the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.
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Kirklees Council is ranked 10 out of approximately 2000 organisations, and scored highest out of all the Yorkshire and Humber Local Authorities. Kirklees came second out of all UK local authorities participating in the scheme.
CRC is a mandatory emissions trading scheme for the UK that aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO¬2) emissions through energy efficiency.
Both public and private sector organisations using more than 6000MWh of electricity a year are included in the scheme which came into force on April 1, 2010.
The league table is based on the second year of the scheme where credits were available for utilising intelligent meters, gaining accreditation to an energy management standard such as the Carbon Saver Standard, absolute emission reduction from the previous year and organisational growth.
Kirklees obtained many of the credits on offer due to successfully gaining the Gold Carbon Saver Standard, utilising intelligent meters across council buildings and schools and reducing its absolute carbon emissions by over 10%. The intelligent meters have provided building users with more accurate energy consumption information which allows for better energy management. This helps the council reduce its carbon emissions and work towards meeting its 40% carbon reduction target by 2020, from a 2005/6 baseline.
Cllr Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “We are very pleased with our position in the CRC Performance League Table. The high ranking recognises our ongoing commitment to manage the council’s energy use and reduce its carbon emissions.
“Kirklees is well known for its work in the green sector, particularly as a result of the successes of the Warmzone scheme. Our support for residents to reduce their energy bills continues – through schemes such as the Kirklees Energy Saver, and the Community Energy Direct Collective Switching project which is designed to get people on a cheaper energy tariff. All the money which people save on energy through our schemes goes back into the local economy by increasing the spending power of families.
“Internally, Kirklees has set a target to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 from a 2005/6 baseline. By the end of 2011/12 the council had reduced its carbon emissions by 18%. Energy spend has fluctuated but since 2008/09 the council has saved £3m which has been put back into local services. This has come about by carefully managing the council’s buildings, fleet operations and street-lighting.”
Cllr Khan added: “We will continue to look for and invest in opportunities to reduce our carbon emissions, to save money and protect the environment for future generations.”