Energy efficiency measures continue to make a difference

Efforts to reduce energy consumption in Council buildings, and its consequent costs, are the subject of a report to the next Property Sub-Committee on Monday 16 April 2018.

The report highlights that energy efficiency measures introduced have, between 2012/13 and 2016/17, led to reductions respectively of 11% in electricity consumption and 25% in gas consumption, which amount in total to a 20% drop in overall energy consumption, reflecting an annual energy saving of £145,000. 

Between 2015/16 and 2016/17, this has been primarily due to less gas being used as a result of upgraded building heating control systems, as well as investment in energy efficient equipment and low carbon technologies. The reduction in energy used has also meant a decrease in CO2 emissions between 2008/09 and 2016/17 from 18,600 tonnes to 16,400 tonnes.

Between 2016/17 and the first nine months of 2017/18, a further reduction of 3% has also been achieved, equating to a further saving of £135,000 in energy costs, This has been achieved through more proactive use of heating controls, increased analysis of energy data and technical support for energy efficiency measures in new build and refurbishment work to the Council's buildings.

The report also lists a number of energy and water conservation projects that Property Services has delivered through funding of £94,000 in 2017/18, helping to meet the Council's 3% energy reduction target. Alongside this, a case study sets out the decreased energy use at the Council's Perth High Street headquarters since the building's major refurbishment and upgrade completed in 2016.

Property Sub-Committee member, Councillor Peter Barrett said: "This is a very welcome report that reflects the impact that energy efficiency measures can have, from both a financial and environmental perspective. A range of steps have already been taken to cut energy consumption in our buildings with a clear effect on costs and our carbon footprint.

The Council will now be looking at further measures to control and monitor energy and water use, keep raising awareness of energy consumption and reduction, and also the use of low and zero carbon technologies in our new and refurbished buildings, particularly as opportunities to make savings will become more challenging in the future."