UK Public Sector Cuts Energy Bills by £650m

The UK public sector is on track to deliver cost savings in excess of half a billion pounds through energy saving projects and can go even further, the UK’s Carbon Trust have claimed.

The news was announced as 120 UK public sector organisations including central government departments, local authorities,
schools, universities, police and fire services, and National Health Service trusts joined Carbon Trust programmes to help them cut their energy use and carbon emissions further over the next five years.

Since 2001, more than 3000 UK public sector organisations have been implementing various energy-saving projects that will deliver combined cost savings of £650m over their lifetime and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 6.5 million tonnes.

But the future potential is even greater, with further public sector projects already identified that could deliver additional cost savings of up £3 billion and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 34 million tonnes.

Richard Rugg, Head of Public Sector at the Carbon Trust, said:

“The UK public sector has shown impressive leadership in recent years in tackling carbon emissions and bringing down energy use. It is especially encouraging to see that, along with greater levels of knowledge and skills, we are also seeing a steady increase in ambition. A few years ago, organisations.......aimed, on average, to cut their carbon emissions by 12% over five years, now they are aiming for 30%.”

Photo by David Lally

Monday 24th May 2010

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