Ninth year of the successful programme enabling public and private sector organisations to benefit from significant energy and cost savings
A total of 39 organisations in Scotland graduated from the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme on June 14, and were recognised by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth at an official ceremony in Edinburgh.
The graduation marks the ninth year of the successful programme which has seen over 150 Scottish public sector organisations develop an energy saving Carbon Management plan. Since the programme began in 2003, graduates have benefited from significant energy and cost savings and in 2011/12 public sector bodies in Scotland implemented projects which reduced their carbon emissions to the atmosphere by over 132,000 tCO₂, with associated annual energy bill reductions of £53 million. With savings like these set to continue and a further 39 organisations graduating the benefits to both the environment and the economy are ongoing.
Given the success of the programme in the public sector, in 2011 it was rolled out to benefit the private sector in Scotland. As a result, this most recent tranche of graduates includes 19 private businesses.
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,Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, said: 'It's very encouraging that we continue to see so many Scottish organisations making good use of the fantastic service the Carbon Trust provides and I welcome the inclusion of private sector businesses in the Carbon Management programme.
'The Carbon Trust delivers invaluable support in the transition to a low carbon economy for Scotland and it is excellent to see the energy efficiency learnings from the public sector being brought to the business community.'
Paul Wedgwood, general manager, Carbon Trust Scotland, added: 'We have been delighted by the enthusiasm shown by the 2012 graduates and we're really pleased to see so many private sector organisations coming on board, recognising the need to take energy efficiency action and implement measures which reduce their carbon emissions and, in turn, improve their economic output.
'Over 90% of major public bodies in Scotland having completed the programme and we are looking forward to emulating this success within the private sector, helping businesses to take a strategic approach which will make a marked difference to their environmental performance and their total energy costs.'
Public and private sector businesses in Scotland interested in finding out more about developing a Carbon Management plan should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carbon Management programme graduates 2012
Abhainn Dearg Distillery
Banff and Buchan College
CairnGorm Mountain Ltd
Dumfries & Galloway College
Dunedin Canmore Group
Edinburgh's Telford College
Gray and Adams Ltd
Harris Tweed Hebrides
Hebridean Seaweed Ltd
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority
Marshall Construction Ltd
Nairn's Oatcakes Ltd
National Records of Scotland
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
NHS Forth Valley
Ocean Kinetics Ltd
Scottish Legal Aid Board
Shetland Catch Ltd
Skills Development Scotland
Spectrum Service Solution Ltd
Stevenson College Edinburgh
The Lovat Loch Ness
The State Hospitals Board for Scotland
Trac Engineering Ltd
Wm Tracey Group
Zebec Biogas Limited
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