West Sussex County Council is in 17th position out of 2,097 in a national league table for energy efficiency putting it above some of the country’s top businesses and most other local authorities.
The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is run by the Environment Agency. Only one other County Council is ahead of West Sussex and the authority is well in front of major business names such as British Airways and Barclays. The council is even ahead of OfGEM which regulates the gas and electricity markets.
Cabinet member for Finance and Resources said: “This is a really significant achievement.
“It reflects the considerable importance we place on managing our energy consumption and reducing our carbon dioxide emissions.
“Not only is the work we have been carrying out good for the environment, it is good for taxpayers because we are also saving money on our energy bills and avoiding the need to purchase CRC scheme allowances at a very difficult time for local government finances.
“Our Carbon Management Team has exceeded the carbon saving target we set for three years in a row and thanks to a series of energy saving projects the energy bill savings are just under £465,000.”
Energy efficient measures introduced by the council have included improvements to heating, cooling and lighting as well as installing renewable energy systems such as solar photovoltaic panels.
Solar PV panels at sites in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Horsham and Worthing contribute to 61.25 tonnes of CO2 savings.