Energy Strategy

The energy used by the authority’s corporate buildings, street lighting, school transports and business travel requirements costs approximately £15m. Due to energy price rises, these costs are forecast to increase by 30% by 2030 if no action is taken.

Our revised Energy Policy Strategy and Action Plan , adopted in October 2015, commits the authority to reduce its energy consumption from corporate buildings, street lighting and transport by at least 2% per year to avhieve a 30% reduction from 2012/13 levels by 2030, together with providing 30% of remaining energy consumption from renewable sources by the same date. The total package will reduce carbon emissions by about 50%.

Progress at implementing the Energy Policy targets is measured through the authority’s annual Environmental Performance Statement and the annual greenhouse gas report.

Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 3.3% since 2013/14 and are 6.8% below the baseline year of 2012/13.