Council energy performance

Carbon emissions to be reduced by 30% in 5 years

The Council's Carbon Management Plan (PDF document [925.2Kb]) commits to a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from the council's estate and services between March 2009 and March 2014 (5 years).

Baseline figures 2008 - 2009

This graph shows a summary of carbon emissions and related costs for the baseline year 2008-09. It clearly demonstrates that the most significant source of carbon are our three leisure centres located in Banstead, Horley and Redhill, followed in second place by the council's HGV fleet.

Progress (as at March 2012)

A significant improvement has been achieved during this, the third year of implementing the Carbon Management Plan, even though another exceptionally severe winter frustrated our best efforts, through the need to use more fuel for heating. 

Reduced by 19.5%

Despite the cold weather, carbon emissions were reduced by 19.5% compared to 2008-9 levels. This saving in energy equates to an annual financial saving in excess of £260,000 each year

The stacked graph here demonstrates the reduction achieved during this last three years, relative to the baseline year. Also shown is the target for the end of the Carbon Management Plan period (March 2014).

A more detailed analysis shows that, with the exception of the Harlequin (see earlier), all of the sites/service areas have shown emissions reductions. Particularly notable are the savings from the use of LED lighting in our car parks where now only half the energy is used compared to 2 years ago.

Sites/service emissions with their respective energy efficiency initiatives

Site/service % CO2 reduction (relative to 2008-9) Projects
Leisure Centres  19.9 Pool covers; wood chip boiler, solar panels
Fleet 11.9 New Euro V vehicles/trackers fitted
Town Hall 32.7 Server virtualisation, voltage optimisation; T5 lighting
Harlequin  - 6.9 New boilers
Car parks 58.4 LED lighting, timers
Community centres 15.2 Photovoltaic panels/energy efficient T5 lighting
Earlswood depot/Park Farm 32.0 LED floodlights/Infrared CCTV/energy efficient T5 lighting/Insulation
Help shops 38.6 Electric heater timer switches
Pavilions, cemeteries, toilets  7.2 Insulation
Business travel 34.0 Pool cars

Renewable Energy Projects

The decision to build a new leisure centre in Horley presented a key opportunity to introduce cutting edge technology. A 500KW wood fuel boiler was installed which provides almost all of the heating and hot water for the centre. The Austrian manufactured Binder boiler uses more than 1 tonne of wood chip each day - all sourced from Surrey/Sussex woodlands (primarily from sweet chestnut coppicing). Additionally a 22KW photovoltaic solar panel array is fixed to its roof and generates over 20,000 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity each year.

The centre is set to become a green flagship within the 100+ portfolio of leisure centres managed by leisure operators, Greenwich Leisure Limited. 

The feasibility of installing similar measures at Donyngs, the new Banstead Leisure Centre and across the wider estate is already underway.

Display Energy Certificates

Display Energy Certificates (DECs) show the actual energy usage of a building, the Operational Rating and help the public see the energy efficiency of a building. This is based on the energy consumption of the building as recorded by gas, electricity and other meters.

Display Energy Certificates are only required for public authority buildings (with a total useful floor area over 1,000m2) providing a public service to a large number of people and therefore visited by them. Only two sites within the council estate now meet these criteria. They are listed in the table below (a value of 100 is deemed to be average for the particular building type: a rating from A - D indicates a building that is more efficient than a typical building of its type):

Display Energy Certificate results  2009 2010 2011
Town Hall - main building  F (148) E (110)  D (95)
Harlequin Theatre*  C (62) B (50)  *C (57)
 * (NB: 2011 DEC assessment demonstrates impact of new boilers at the Harlequin. These boilers replaced many that were not functioning, which, through providing an adequately heated environment, has unfortunately led to an increased consumption of gas) 

New reporting arrangements

The Government has requested that, from the end of July 2011, Local Authorities start to publish energy performance data in a new format. This new format is necessary to come into line with reporting arrangements required of larger organisations who are part of the national Carbon Reduction Commitment.

The effect of this change is that energy use from this date will represent all greenhouse gas emissions, rather than just carbon dioxide emissions. This will mean that new factors will need to be used in converting units of energy consumed (kilowatt hours) to take account of a wider range of greenhouse gases emitted as a result of energy generation from fossil fuels (e.g. oxides of nitrogen and sulphur and methane).

So as to provide continuity for the purposes of the Council's defined baseline and targets, the existing form of reporting on this page will continue alongside a new greenhouse gas emissions page, where the new data will be published. At a point in the future, after appropriate validation, the baseline and targets will be all be moved over to the new format.