Examples of some of the practical ways that the Council is reducing its own carbon emissions and helping residents to live greener lifestyles.
Providing grants to install energy saving measures in your home
Loaning free-of-charge electricity monitors so that you can see how much electricity you are using. Pop into your local Library for more information or telephone Council Connect on 01225 394041.
The Network is an online forum for people in Bath and North East Somerset to share their green ideas, news, events, and photos with each other.
Visit the site to find local green info, or join the Network to be kept updated with the latest developments. As a member you can also post you own content and join the discussion on a range of topics related to environmental sustainability in our community, such as Local Food, Sustainable Transport, Natural Environment, Clean Energy and more.
The Network is really user friendly and compatible with Twitter and Facebook to make sharing information easy.
Supporting the Transition network
The Council has made a commitment to support groups in Bath and North East Somerset who are part of the Transition Network. Transition Groups support moving to a low carbon, local economy and building positive, self reliant communities. Find a Transition Group near you.
Supporting the development of community owned renewable energy projects
The Council supports Bath & West Community Energy.
Installation of energy efficiency measures
Heritage Services manage the Council’s museums, Record Office and significant historic public buildings such as the Roman Baths. A number of energy saving measures have been implemented in these popular visitor attractions, such as draught proofing, improved heating controls, public toliet upgrades with efficient hand dryers, taps and urianls, and LED lighting.
Fuel efficient training for fleet drivers
The Council's fleet of 208 vehicles are used for the day to day operations of the Council's services such as refuse collection, waste disposal, passenger transport, cleansing, Dial-a-Ride, Meals on Wheels and highway inspections. To reduce the environmental impact of these vehicles and to reduce fuel costs, all 300 drivers receive training on Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) techniques and thier are monitored regularly. The training has recently been made a requirement for drivers on contracted services.
Street lighting - lamps and controls
Investment is being made from 2012 in energy efficient street lighting and controls that will mean significant energy savings of up to 40%, resulting in significant cost savings to run the street lights. This follows a sucessful trial of LED lighting with 70 street lights on the A4 / A4174 Roundabout at Hicks Gate.
This is an energy saving technology that is installed to give an optimum supply voltage for the sites equipment and can achieve significant energy savings. It has been installed in several of the Council's most viable sites including car parks and Bath Central Library, reducing energy use at these sites by up to 15%.
Energy Champions: There was a programme of staff engagement to raise energy awareness in the workplace and encourage all staff to adopt energy saving behaviours such as switching off lights and equipment when not in use. Central to this effort was the recruitment of a team of Energy Champions across the Council. These volunteers received formal training in energy issues and colleague engagement alongside their existing jobs. They continue to promote and support others efforts to save energy in the workplace.
Office space: The Council is reducing the amount of office space it uses, improving the energy efficiency of the remaining offices, as well as sharing the office space with other partners. Flexible working arrangements are in place to allow staff to work from home, different offices and from other sites where appropriate, saving travelling time, costs and the associated carbon emissions.
Recycling: In 2010 the Council recycled 69% of its office waste. In all Council offices there are recycling facilities for at least 11 materials. Reducing waste sent to landfill saves on disposal costs, helps reduce levels of the greenhouse gas methane and saves energy and raw materials that would otherwise be used in the manufacturing process.
Office Paper: Since 2000 the Council has committed to using 100% recycled office paper.
Bottled water: At the beginning of 2008 bottle water dispensers were removed from Council offices and tap water is now used for meetings.