Schools aim to reduce carbon emissions

Children across Wiltshire will be part of an exciting programme to help their school reduce carbon emissions and energy costs.

Conservative-led Wiltshire Council is one of 45 local authorities across England and Wales taking part in the Collaborative Low Carbon Schools Service – a work programme which could achieve national annual energy savings of £40 million and 270,000 tonnes of CO2.

The government funded programme has been developed by the Carbon Trust and its aim is for schools to work together with their local authority to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

Schools in Wiltshire were invited to apply to be part of the pilot project starting in September of the new school year.

Following the pilot, the programme is due to be rolled out across the county.

The programme should see significant cost savings on energy bills, and provide free support and resources. The schools will carry out energy audits to understand what opportunities they have to reduce their energy consumption and will also increase pupils’ awareness on how they can take simple steps which have a real impact on reducing energy costs.

A number of the participating schools have also received newly-installed Smart Meters, funded by Wiltshire Council, which will allow pupils to understand how much energy their school consumes and monitor their progress in saving energy quickly and easily.

Lionel Grundy (Conservative), cabinet member for schools, said:

“I am delighted schools in Wiltshire are taking part in this programme. The schools involved will be given specialist advice and support to help them become more environmentally aware and hopefully saving them some money in the process.

“It will also be a great opportunity for pupils at the schools involved to learn the importance of what can be done to help the environment.”

Lord Hill, Schools Minister said:

“I welcome this initiative from the Carbon Trust. Improving energy efficiency in England’s schools could save millions of pounds while reducing carbon emissions which contribute to climate change.

“Through this programme, local authorities and schools can work together on practical ways to save energy.”

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