Seven years of energy conservation saves Gwynedd Council £3.6 million
Gwynedd Council has been implementing energy saving projects since 2010 in order to manage and reduce its ‘carbon footprint’ each year.
Reducing the Council’s carbon footprint means using less energy in Council owned buildings, using less fuel in vehicles, using less electricity for street lighting, and reducing waste generated from Council buildings. Of course, reducing these mean reducing bills.
“This is a fantastic achievement as a result of our thorough Carbon Management Plan, which was adopted in 2010” said Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Environment Cabinet Member at Gwynedd Council.
“We have completed a significant number of projects, for example energy efficient lamps for our buildings and street lights, insulation projects, swimming pool covers, and various IT energy saving technologies. The Carbon Management Plan includes the installation of renewable energy schemes as well as projects to save energy by changing the behaviour of staff and school pupils so that buildings and technologies are used more efficiently.
“Our carbon emissions are now over 30% less that they were before introducing the Carbon Management Plan”, he added.
As many energy saving projects have been realised, it’s becoming increasingly harder to find ways of reducing energy use. One of the main projects by the Council’s Energy Conservation Team over the next few years is to closely monitor use at its sites so that any irregular energy use is spotted as soon as possible. This can highlight issues such as faulty equipment or use outside of opening hours, which may not become apparent for some months without monitoring.
The Council’s annual energy bill savings have now reached nearly £830,000, and cumulative savings over the seven year period totals £3.6 million.