A further 37 organisations in Scotland graduated from the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Management Programme this week at an official ceremony in Edinburgh, marking the end of the eighth phase of the highly regarded programme.
Historic Scotland is one of the organisations to graduate this year, in a cohort which includes a mix of public sector organisations, colleges, and police and fire and rescue services. The programme, which began in 2003, has seen over 130 public sector organisations develop an energy saving Carbon Management plan.
The benefits can be significant for the organisations involved; the first 50 organisations that prepared a plan by March 2009 have reduced their carbon emissions to the atmosphere by over 350,000 tCO2 with associated energy bill reductions in excess of £35 million. With their savings set to continue and a further 38 organisations graduating today the benefits to both the environment and the public purse look set to grow.
The Carbon Management Programme is designed to help organisations develop a targeted framework to deliver energy saving and carbon reduction practices by establishing their current baseline CO2 emissions, assessing the risks and opportunities posed by climate change, and developing a robust strategy to reduce carbon footprints and save money on their energy bills over a five- to ten-year period.
The programme aims to improve the management of buildings energy use, vehicle fleets, street lighting and recycling of waste. The programme is supported by a bespoke toolkit and also facilitates the sharing of best practice between participant organisations, enabling them to learn from each other’s experience.
John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, commented:
“I would like to congratulate the latest group of organisations to graduate from the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Management Programme.
'This programme is playing a vital role in helping to realise the Scottish Government’s energy efficiency and climate change priorities. It is helping our sectors to act as exemplars on low carbon behaviour, which will be vital if we are to show leadership to other parts of society and address the emissions reduction targets in our Climate Change (Scotland) Act.
'We will also be looking to all organisations to support our Energy Efficiency Action Plan ambitions, including the setting of individual energy reduction targets. The delivery of these could achieve significant cost savings from energy bills: an important opportunity in times of significant financial constraint.”
Given the success of the Carbon Management Programme in the public sector, the Carbon Trust will now roll out the programme to benefit the private sector in Scotland, which will include a set of self-help online Carbon Management tools.
Paul Wedgwood, manager, Carbon Trust Scotland, said:
“The dedication shown by the 2011 public sector cohort has been second to none. All the organisations involved, from Scotland’s fire and rescue services to colleges and other public bodies, have recognised the need to take action on climate change and make energy savings, particularly at this fiscally challenging time. They are planning to make significant changes to reduce their carbon emissions and, as a consequence, energy spend.
“The Carbon Management Programme continues to be a great success, with over 90 per cent of major public bodies in Scotland having completed the programme. We are excited about rolling the programme out to the private sector in Scotland, helping businesses to take a strategic approach to implementing energy efficiency initiatives which will make a marked difference to their total energy costs.”
Historic Scotland, one of this year’s graduates, is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions by 25 per cent across all of its properties, equating to almost 9000 tonnes of CO2 over the course of its Carbon Management plan to 2015.
Ewan Hyslop, Historic Scotland’s deputy director of conservation group, said:
“Historic Scotland is committed to leading the heritage sector in a number of areas and part of this is leading by example when it comes to climate change. We have held a series of events, activities and talks during Climate Week in order to make staff more aware of climate issues.
'We are also very keen to look at the options for generating renewable energy at our sites through solar panels or other measures such as ground source heating. Smart electricity and gas meters have also been installed across our sites to identify where we can make specific savings.”
Businesses interested in finding out more about developing a Carbon Management plan should e-mail scotlandoffice@CarbonTrust.co.uk
About the Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.
We help to cut carbon emissions now by:
- Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations cut carbon
- Setting standards for carbon reduction
We reduce potential future carbon emissions by:
- Opening markets for low carbon technologies
- Leading industry collaborations to commercialise technologies
- Investing in early stage low carbon companies