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LEADING PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATIONS DEFY ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND COMMIT TO CUTTING THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINTS


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and £600 million to date. Carbon Trust Chairman, James Smith, welcomed them all as they gathered together at the University of London to take the first steps to reduce both carbon emissions and energy bills. The public sector is responsible for up to 23 million tonnes of CO2


emissions annually, which carries an


associated energy cost of some £5 billion. The potential for savings is immense, and the return on investment makes the case for cutting carbon even more compelling. With the right guidance, and the implementation of the


espite the economic downturn twenty four leading public sector organisations are taking action to reduce their carbon footprints, which could help to slash more than 25% from their energy bills over the next five years. The organisations will join the Carbon Trust as recent research shows that over 80% of the public sector agrees that carbon reduction projects will deliver financial benefits. Participants in the Carbon Trust’s service come from local authorities, the NHS, further and higher education institutions, central government departments and executive agencies. Over the next ten months they will be investing in their own carbon performance and savings. The twenty four organisations will be following programmes that have been developed by the Carbon Trust and honed by over ten years of experience working with the public sector, which has helped to save over 17 million tonnes of CO2


most cost effective solutions, it is estimated that a capital investment of £1.5 billion could reduce that annual bill by £500 million, providing payback in as little as three years. Tim Pryce, Head of Public Sector at the Carbon Trust, said: “There is a


tremendous opportunity for the public sector to take their financial futures into their own hands and invest in cost savings at the same time as realising significant carbon savings. It is a chance for them to show some entrepreneurial spirit, boosting their organisational performance, and providing better value for their services. This is why we welcome the leadership shown by all of the participants taking part in our programmes this year. “The Carbon Trust has a mission to help accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. We are very proud to be working with twenty four public sector bodies who are demonstrating a long term vision and setting an excellent example to local businesses and their wider communities. We look to the public sector as a whole to continue to lead the UK in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change. There is no doubt that the actions that these organisations are taking today will help build the foundation for a more sustainable future.” www.carbontrust.co.uk


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CUTTING ENERGY COSTS IN BUILDINGS – CIBSE GUIDE F:


ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDINGS President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, David Fisk, called for greater recognition of the need to deliver energy efficient buildings at the launch of the new CIBSE Guide F: Energy Efficiency in Buildings. “At a time of energy prices rising to pay for new infrastructure, when


companies are making plans to meet their Carbon Reduction Commitments and when the UK, for the first time in its history, is a net importer of its energy, focusing on energy efficiency is the key for owners of new and existing buildings. “CIBSE Guide F shows how


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20-30% can be knocked off energy bills by good engineering and informed, effective facilities and energy


management,” said Professor Fisk. The CIBSE


Guides are the core engineering texts in building


services; CIBSE Guide F specifically addressing energy efficiency, was first published in 1998.


The new Guide is a fully revised edition reflecting key changes that have taken place since then, not least the initiatives in recent Energy Acts, Building Regulations revisions in 2006 and 2010 and the introduction of the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations. There is


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new material on energy


management and drawing up energy strategies.


With the UK Government recognising the importance of energy efficiency through the creation of the Energy Efficiency


Deployment Office (EEDO), this new CIBSE Guide is a timely tool to help deliver energy efficient buildings in practice.


The CIBSE Guides are available free to CIBSE members. To order a copy of CIBSE Guide F: Energy Efficiency in Buildings, please visit CIBSE’s Knowledge Portal at


cibseknowledgeportal.co.uk www.cibse.org


NHS WASTES £55M ON UNNECESSARY HIDDEN EMPLOYMENT COSTS Using data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), CloudApps has calculated that UK businesses face an average additional bill of £4000 per employee on top of salary, benefits and taxes. These hidden costs, made up of energy and unrecoverable travel & expenses, equate to about a quarter of the average wage.


Evidence from CloudApps’ own customers show that using its software companies can save themselves at least 9% on travel and 10% on energy. Based on the NHS Hospital Estates and Facilities 2010/2011 report, a ten per cent saving could be possible on its £550 million energy bill. www.cloudapps.com/ rice-index-whitepaper


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