Climate change is globally recognised as the greatest environmental and economic threat faced by national governments and individuals. It is also an opportunity for energy efficiency and financial savings. Below are set out, in priority order, the main drivers for taking action to reduce our carbon emissions / energy consumption.
The Financial Case for Action
- The efficient use of public funds and potential for saving on energy costs. In 1999/00 NEELB’s estate total energy costs were £2,725,140, in 2011/12 this had risen to £7,130,423 a rise of approximately 8% per annum.
- Reducing the financial impact of future energy price increases which are expected to be far ahead of inflation.
- Reducing future financial liabilities under the Carbon Reduction Commitment – Energy Efficiency Scheme. CRC Costs for five ELB’s in 2011/12 was approximately £1.5 million.
Legislative Pressures and Performance Targets
- CRC – Energy Efficiency Scheme.
- Display Energy Certificates (DEC’s) and how they make the performance of our buildings visible to the public. From 2008 there has been a legal requirement for all public buildings with a useful floor area over 1000m² to display a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) in a prominent place within the building. Currently NEELB has a total of 163 sites over 1000m² displaying up to date DEC’s.
- Building Regulations.
- NI Public sector energy efficiency targets as set out by DFP and DETI.
- The Climate Change Act 2008 (CCA08) which puts in place a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of at least 80% by 2050 against a 1990 baseline.
The Public Perception
- Leading by example and compliance with our statutory duty.
The undernoted documents are aimed at facilitating schools and building supervisers in ensuring effective management of energy resources and in turn enabling compliance with current legislative requirements