West Sussex County Council is quickly gaining speed as one of the most energy efficient councils in the country placing it above most local authorities and plenty of the top businesses in the country.
Back in 2010/2011 the Council was rated 322 out of over 1,300 people included in the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme that is coordinated by the Environment Agency. However, the 2011/2012 league table that just came out now places West Sussex in the much better slot of 17th out of more than 2,000 participants.
There is only one Country Council that is in front of West Sussex, and the county is ahead of some major businesses that are well known including Barclays and British Airways. West Council is also ahead of OfGEM which is in charge of regulating electricity and gas markets.
West Sussex Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, Michael Brown, stated that this is a great achievement and shows that the West Sussex places a high importance on reducing CO2 emissions and correctly managing energy consumption.
Brown went on to say that their efforts are not only great for the environment, but it is also excellent for taxpayers because it helps to relieve the money that is spent on energy bills. He added that it means that they do not have to worry about purchasing CRC schemes which can be very costly for local authorities.
He also proudly said that the Carbon Management Team has passed their carbon saving target for three consecutive years and estimate that their overall energy savings have been about £465,000.
Some of the energy measures that have been put into place include improvements to cooling, heating, and lighting systems as well as the installation of some great renewable energy systems including solar photovoltaic panels.