With continual increases in the cost of energy, and the recognition that significant savings can be made by minimising wastage of energy along with maximising our efficiencies, Leeds City Council has introduced an Energy Policy. The Leeds City Council Energy Policy is an internal facing document that will help manage our energy use in council buildings.
Leeds City Council has a target of 40% by 2020 (using a 2008/09 baseline) which would equate to a 3.33% decrease each year. We would need to reduce our own emissions from 136,986t (08/09) to 82,191t (20/21), at 4,566 t/annum, to meet the target.
Within our Best Council Plan 2015-2020, Cutting Carbon, is one of our key strategic breakthrough projects. In order to meet our ambitions to be the best city, we continue to look for opportunities to minimise our impacts. With an approximate spend of £18 million annually on our energy consumption; it is prudent to focus on preventing wastage and taking advantage of long term energy saving measures.
The Energy Policy’s key objectives help to underline all planning and strategic activities and to clarify the goals of our energy policy. We will endeavour to consider these objectives in all our decision making processes.
These are the key drivers which will help guide and focus our key decisions:
- Monitor our energy use throughout our estate
- Reduce energy consumption, emissions and spend
- Encourage and promote energy efficiency
- Increase investment in clean, efficient technologies
- Increase investment in renewable energy
- Encourage innovative growth in green technologies
The Policy was agreed by Executive Board in December 2015.
In support of our energy policy we have worked in conjunction with the open data institute to produce accessible applications that allow the council’s energy data to be analysed in a user friendly format. There is a separate programme for schools. Links to these can be found in Monitoring applications section.
Sustainable Energy and Action Plan (SEAP)
The Covenant of Mayors is a unique bottom-up movement that succeeded in mobilising a great number of local and regional authorities to develop action plans and direct investments towards climate change mitigation measures.
A Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) is the key document in which the Covenant signatory outlines how it intends to reach its CO2 reduction target by 2020. It defines the activities and measures set up to achieve the targets, together with time frames and assigned responsibilities.
We have made available our SEAP which can be downloaded from the Documents section. There are also a select number of downloadable case studies that provide extra information on some of the projects we are undertaking that will help reduce our carbon emissions and/or use energy more sustainably.