Energy management and the use of renewable sources of power are increasingly significant issues as the impacts of climate change become apparent.
Burning fossil fuels produces large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Unless these processes are brought under control severe impacts are likely. They include major changes to weather patterns and the loss of habitats. Reducing the use of fossil fuels and replacing them with low or no emission, renewable sources of energy plays a key role in tackling climate change.
We takes these issues very seriously and our Carbon Management Team has a remit to promote energy management through:
We have developed the Carbon Management Plan 2 which sets out our carbon reduction targets and projects.
The previous Carbon Management Plan covered the period 2008 - 2013 and set a 20% reduction against a 2005/06 baseline by 2013. A review in July 2013 showed a reduction of 9% had been achieved.
The updated plan sets out a reduction target of 30%, against 2005/06 baseline, by end of March 2021. This is in line with the Scottish Government's interim target of a 42% reduction (against a 1990 baseline) and complements Sustainable Glasgow's target for the city of a 30% reduction by 2020/21.
The plan details the responsibilities of our Carbon Management Team, the reporting structure to the related boards and committees and outlines the projects that are being undertaken to achieve the carbon reduction target.
The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK wide mandatory energy saving and carbon emissions reduction scheme for all organisations that consumed over 6,000 MWh of electricity through HH meters in the calendar year of 2008. The scheme came into force on 1st April 2010. As a participant of the scheme we have identified that its CRC related emissions mean it will need to purchase credits for 129,408 tonnes of CO2 at a cost of £12 per tonne giving a CRC liability of £1,552,896.
We are responsible for reporting to the CRC and will do so using our monitoring and targeting software system for core supplies and via regular interdepartmental communication on non-core sources.