Camden’s sustainability initiatives deliver carbon and cost savings

News – Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Camden Open Data Map

The Borough of Camden is reducing carbon emissions and cutting costs demonstrating that an organisation can deliver sustainability projects resulting in efficiencies. With a commitment to reducing Borough-wide carbon emissions by 27% by 2017 and 40% by 2020 Camden is leading by example through its Carbon Management Programme for its own estate and operations.

Progress is measured through the annual carbon footprint reporting, which is in line with the mandatory Greenhouse Gas reporting submitted to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (previously DECC). The footprint includes scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, i.e. transmission emissions from electricity and heat, fuel consumption from own fleet and emissions from leisure centres operated on behalf of Camden.

By 2015/16 Camden has achieved a 26% reduction borough-wide in carbon emissions compared to the baseline year 2009/10. The data can be now viewed on Camden’s Open Data Platform

Some of the projects Camden has completed that have contributed to the reduction in emissions:

  • upgrade of street lamps to LEDs
  • change of all illuminated bollards to solar powered
  • move from PCs to agile equipment including laptops allowing staff to work remotely and flexibly
  • upgrade of servers
  • improved building fabric through insulation
  • installation of occupancy sensors and LEDs or other energy efficient lighting

Each of the projects needs to meet the internal funding criteria and it is important to assess the current energy consumption as the baseline and review the proposed energy savings against the quotes received. These are assessed against the carbon savings over the lifetime of the technology to choose the most cost-effective projects.

One of the most recent projects was an upgrade to energy efficient lighting and installation of occupancy sensors at Swiss Cottage Library. The total cost of this two-phased project was £40k and it is estimated to save almost 60 of CO2e and £11.4k in energy costs per annum. Additional benefits include reduced maintenance costs and enhanced level and range of the lighting.

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To report your organisation’s emissions for the CCCA annual report see here