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Department of Energy and Climate Change - Carbon management plan

When the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) moved into its new headquarters it set about improving its carbon management, with help from Carbon Trust.

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.

The approach

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


Download the full DECC case study (PDF)

The Carbon Trust gave us the ability to take a strategic view of what needed to be done, and prioritise accordingly. Their support and help has been invaluable.

Jenny McInnes, Building DECC Team

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