Liverpool is becoming a greener city as the city council is cutting carbon emissions from its buildings.
Latest figures show that carbon emissions from council buildings have been reduced by 13% in the last year (51,445 tonnes of CO2 compared with 59,071 tonnes in 2011).
It is expected that this will place Liverpool in the top 5% of major organisations for cutting consumption.
Under the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme – a mandatory scheme aimed at cutting emissions and improving energy efficiency of all companies and organisations whose energy consumption exceeds £500,000 a year – the savings to the council will be around £90,000 this year.
The council is investing £1million in energy-saving scheme in its buildings including:
• Energy efficient lighting installed on two floors of Millennium House.
• Presence detection lighting controls introduced at the Town Hall and Municipal Buildings.
• Plans to use 1000 energy efficient light-bulbs to the chandeliers in the main hall of St George‘s Hall.
• Work on water and heating systems and controls at Everton Park Sports Centre, the Aquatics centre and Garston Leisure Centre.
Councillor Tim Moore, cabinet member for transport and climate change, said: “This is a very positive picture.
“The amount of emissions which have been reduced show we are heading in the right direction in this vital area, but we under no illusions that there are major challenges ahead while we implement our Carbon Management Plan in which we aim to reduce emission by 34% over five years,
“The last league tables in 2011 put us in the top 6% of major organisations for cutting consumption and we expect that when the new tables are produced we will have moved up the table – we are on the way to becoming a low carbon council.”