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Tackling climate change
Projects and initiatives to reduce council carbon emissions
Environment Unit - June 2009
Kirklees Council are committed to reducing our own CO2 emissions to help mitigate
our effect on climate change. The council are implementing projects to address our
carbon footprint through the key issues of waste, energy and transport, as well
as our procurement process and for schools.
The council has a number of schemes which enable us to comply with legislation and
Environmental Management System (EMS)
as well as improve the way we manage our waste, including:
Office paper recycling scheme
Office paper recycling is a well established scheme and is an essential part of
the council’s Environmental Management System (EMS) requirements.
Green bin scheme
Analysis of Council office waste in 2007 has shown that in some of our larger town
centre Council buildings we were only recycling just over 16% of office waste.
We have set a target of recycling 50% of all office waste for 2010/11.
The green bin scheme is a new scheme which is currently in place in approximately
50 offices including some of our biggest town centre offices. The green bins are
for recycling paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, food tins and drinks cans. To help
us achieve our ambitious target we will be expanding this recycling scheme to all
Council offices during 2009/10.
Intelligent Metering is the technology of automatically collecting data from energy
and water metering devices and transferring that data to a central database for
billing and analysing. It is currently in the early stages of development
and consequently the Council is at the leading edge with this innovative technology.
Between April 2006 and January 2008, the Council successfully undertook a trial
with key partners who are currently key players in this field and have the potential
to provide the Council with a means to better control the use of electricity, gas
The trial showed that Intelligent Metering would provide the Council with the tools
to effectively monitor and manage the energy and water usage within buildings on
a real-time basis.
Revenue funding has now been obtained, which will enable real-time technology solutions
to be installed at 100 council buildings.
The implementation of Intelligent Metering across the Council Building Stock will
provide building and asset managers with the tools to proactively tackle excessive
building energy and water use and in turn produce significant cost and Carbon Dioxide
Intelligent Metering will increase the awareness of building and asset managers
to their energy and water consumption. It will clearly show the potential
for cost and Carbon Dioxide savings and indicate on a real-time basis where buildings
are exceeding their expected performance threshold. Existing funding mechanisms
can then be accessed by building and asset managers to realise these savings.
Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS)
Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) are computer-based control systems installed
in buildings that control and monitor the building's energy use. Checks are being undertaken
to ensure that the systems are set up to reflect current building use and demand.
This is an electrical energy saving technique, where a device is installed to give an optimum
supply voltage for the site's equipment. 'Optimisation' results in a reduced power supply which
saves the council money and carbon.
Hot Water Rationalisation
Work is being undertaken in some council buildings to rationalise the size of hot water tanks so
only the required amount of water for the building use is being heated.
Pipe Lagging (Insulation)
Heat losses are occurring in boiler rooms where insulation is not fitted to bends, junctions,
flanges, valves and pumps. The costs will be recovered within approximately 2 years through
What do we do?
Transport falls into a number of key areas, travel to and from work (commuting),
travel while at work (between sites for meetings), travel as part of work (site
visits) and fleet travel (such as bin wagons, gritters etc).
We are working with Metro and subsidised travel is available for Kirklees Council
employees. Council staff can get 20% off an annual MetroCard for bus and train,
or bus only (15% from Metro is increased by an additional 5% discount from Kirklees).
Annual season tickets which offer discounted travel on standard tickets will be
available from the council soon.
We also have a car share network where you can log on and hitch a lift, or offer
those spare seats in return for a financial contribution, save the planet and save
some cash at the same time.
Travel while at work
We are currently piloting a number of schemes such as Pool Cars (Highways and Adult
Services), pool bikes (highways) and pool metro cards (highways and).
Pool cars are economical and efficient Euro V cars with below average CO2 emissions
Pool bikes are an alternative to using a car for shorter trips.
Pool metro cards are a way of staff using public transport for free at point of
use to encourage more sustainable journeys.
Having access to all of these methods of alternative transport to the personal car
can also allow staff to think twice about those commuter miles and how they get
Travel as part of work
The council is looking to make mileage savings by plotting more efficient travel
patterns, providing pool cars (more environmentally friendly models), exploring
21st century working patterns / mobile working / working from home, hot-desking,
video conferencing and satellite offices.
We are concentrating on reducing CO2 emissions in fleet vehicles by decreasing idling
time (turning engines off!), making sure they are serviced and running efficiently,
replacing stock with more environmentally friendly options, piloting the use of
electric vehicles (piloted by Waste Services) and sending all council drivers on
an ‘environmental driver training course’.
Kirklees Council has a purchasing policy to ensure that we take account of social,
economic and environmental considerations in procurement decisions. This practice
of ‘sustainable procurement’ brings direct benefits to the district,
and clear objectives and targets will be developed in the Kirklees Climate
Doing business with the council.
Area Agreement (LAA) requires the Council to report on carbon emissions
from schools under National Indicator 185 (percentage reduction in CO2 from Local
Authority operations). In establishing the total amount of carbon emissions for
the authority, it was discovered that schools contribute to nearly 50%, so have
a large part to play in reducing our carbon footprint.
The Carbon Reduction Commitment aims to reduce carbon emissions arising
from energy use across the Local Authority, and includes emissions from schools.
If the Local Authority fails to provide evidence of a reduction in emissions, then
a substantial financial penalty will be incurred.
Both the Local Area Agreement and Carbon Reduction Commitment are concerned with
carbon emissions from energy consumption eg. gas, electricity, coal or oil. However,
the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has produced a national framework for sustainable schools which identifies
a selection of additional sustainability themes that act as places where schools
can establish or develop their sustainability practices.
The themes are the main areas that schools should be considering in their journey
to sustainability. These will be addressed through the Corporate Sustainable Schools Strategy (PDF 941 kb) for Kirklees.
For further information on what the Council is already doing to support schools
in each of the areas, please contact;
turbine at Spen Valley School
Council funding is available for schools through the Environment Grant Scheme and
the Council Wide Initiative Fund. For further information please contact Allison
Porter on 01484 223558 or email
A selection of
external funding opportunities (PDF 328 kb) is available for schools.
Council carbon budget
The council has a carbon budget for services; which places a cap on corporate emissions and
provides individual services with their own carbon budget, helping the council to comply with
the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC).
It is similar to a monetary budget whereby each council service is given an allowance of CO2
in which to operate and enable provision of their services. Service carbon budgets are expected
to decrease annually by 3% with the aim that the council will be able to continue to deliver
services to the district whilst decreasing its carbon emissions.
There are approximately 51,000 streetlights in Kirklees, and street lighting contributes 19% of
the Council's carbon emissions. Work is planned to continue replacing the lanterns with more energy
efficient options, and to trial solar powered / high reflectivity bollards.
Installation of Telematics (vehicle tracking system) into all council fleet vehicles by March 2010
will save the council approximately 9% of carbon emissions from fuel use over the next three years.
The ongoing roll out of environmental driver training will help drivers use fuel efficiently.