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King Edward VI School - Energy and carbon audit

Carbon Trust advice helped King Edward VI School reduce its annual energy bills by £12,300 and carbon footprint by 50tCO2

King Edward VI school

In January 2009 King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon was surveyed by the Carbon Trust. The survey established a baseline for energy consumption at the school and identified and prioritised a series of energy and carbon saving measures.

Like many schools, it had never made energy consumption a priority until applying to the Carbon Trust for assistance.

Energy saving opportunities

The Carbon Trust survey identified the ten most important activities the School could undertake in order to save both carbon emissions and energy costs. The School was benchmarked against similarly sized schools, which showed the School's total energy performance to be reasonable in general but with electricity consumption highlighted as an area with high potential for improvement.

The total annual energy spend for the School pre-survey was approximately £80,000 with a carbon footprint of 410 tonnes per year. The survey identified a number of areas for savings with recommendations ranging from raising awareness around energy consumption and management issues, through to technical improvements to the schools energy consuming systems.

Specific measures with short paybacks and long-term benefits were focussed on after the survey. Energy management and awareness actions were taken immediately while technical measures were addressed during the school summer holiday period.

The Carbon Trust survey was one of my first initiatives and it presented a number of straightforward recommendations. Having pursued several of these, it has been very satisfying to be able to make such a difference, so quickly.

Mike Hawley, Bursar, King Edward VI School

Overall savings

Since then the School has transformed its approach to energy management, and after carrying out a number of the Carbon Trust energy saving recommendations, King Edward VI School has reduced its carbon footprint by over 12% and its costs by over 15%. This equates to 50 tonnes of carbon and £12,300 annual savings (based on comparable 2008/09 prices) against a capital outlay of £20,000 on improvement projects.

Download the King Edward VI School case study (PDF)

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