Portsmouth councillors last week approved a £1.4 million budget to help the City Council save carbon and energy across its building portfolio; with libraries, community centres and offices among the buildings set to benefit. The money will be used to fund low energy LED lighting, insulation, building energy management systems and other projects identified by PCC’s in-house Energy Services Team.
The newly approved funding builds on a programme of energy efficiency projects which have been delivered over recent years. These schemes have been responsible for lowering PCC’s carbon emissions by 30% since 2010 saving over £500,000 a year by investing in a variety of energy savings technologies and projects.
Past projects include:
– Civic Offices energy projects have included Solar PV, LED lighting and a new heating system which have led to a 40% reduction in electricity and 22% in gas
– Central Library LED Lighting has improved the quality of the light and saved £30,000 per year in energy and reduced carbon emissions by 75 tonnes
– The Isambard Brunel Carpark has reduced its energy and maintenance expenditure by £35,000 since having new LED lighting and controls retrofitted
The new funding allows the scale and scope of the investment to continue to grow; with projects earmarked to include low energy lighting in libraries, combined heat and power in leisure centres and insulation in community centres. The energy savings brought about from these investments are estimated to total £200,000 and 400 tonnes of carbon saved per year.