Setting an example
When the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was
formed in 2008, its first priority was to set an example by
improving its own efficiency. Through a Carbon Management plan
implemented with the help of the Carbon Trust, the department has
made changes expected to lead to annual savings of £74,000.
In a year DECC has reduced per capita CO2 emissions in the
building by 35%, and is on track to reduce overall emissions by 10%
by the end of 2009/10 financial year.
Changes include centralised control of the heating, cooling and
ventilation systems, replacement of lighting with compact
fluorescents, and greater monitoring of energy consumption.
DECC's most significant savings have resulted from what have
been described as "low visibility" measures.
Savings at a glance:
- Estimated annual savings: £74,000
- Estimated CO2 savings: 327 tonnes
- Cost: £81,000
- Payback: 1.1 years
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