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From carbon ambitions to carbon success
After five years of increasing CO2 emissions due to a growing estate, a renewed approach to our carbon reduction ambitions has enabled us to halt this increase and achieve significant and impressive carbon savings of 28% from 2015, reducing emissions by 5,700 tonnes CO2 and saving £950,000 over the two years.
We invested in specialist resource, giving us the capability to develop a new, more comprehensive plan to deliver our carbon reduction ambitions. Through enhanced accountability and accurate, transparent monitoring, we have been able to ensure that projects deliver planned savings – gaining the trust and buy-in of senior stakeholders to invest further.
A huge range of projects have been implemented to date – from PV arrays to boiler replacement. Our approach also acknowledges that changes to buildings alone is not enough – we have worked to bring about individual behaviour and wider operational change – both contributing to our impressive savings.
Top 3 learnings:
1 Start and finish each project focusing on data to clearly demonstrate benefits realisation.
2 Challenge accepted norms and look for new ways of working.
3 Be transparent and liaise with stakeholders as early as possible.
CO2t savings over the life cycle of the project:
8,900 since 2015 to 2017. Estimated
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