Reducing our energy consumption

The Council is trying to reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. View our Carbon Management Strategy to see how ESCC are planning to do this:

ESCC Property Policies Pack.

At the moment we emit around 27,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) every year, of which County Hall’s energy usage is responsible for 1,333 tonnes – slightly less than 5%.

Our target is to reduce our CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, with an annual reduction of 3% each year.

Because of the budget cuts, we have secured the following investment and funding to help us make these reductions:

  • Salix match funding – Approx £1 million for projects that pay for themselves (from the savings generated) in less than five years and cost no more than £100 per tonne of CO2 saved to set up
  • Carbon Reduction Fund – Approx £500,000. An annual budget for funding energy-saving building improvements

Other initiatives include:

  • better heating control systems in council buildings
  • converting oil fired boilers to more efficient gas boilers
  • improving buildings insulation and lighting throughout our estate

We have also installed solar photovoltaic (PV) on some council buildings.