A break from all things green last night as I did my Advice Bureau but back to climate change this morning at a presentation organised by Constructing Excellence looking at energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings. A bit scary really.
We aren't going to meet our carbon emission reduction targets without significant improvements in our commercial and industrial buildings and as a city we are not doing anywhere well enough. Most commercial buildings don't even have an energy management system never mind other energy efficiency measures. Examples of where such systems had been installed included one with a 31% reduction in fuel costs and a payback period of less than two and half years. At a time when business knows it has to get more efficient to survive and thrive, its staggering that so little consideration is given to reducing energy costs, particularly as fuel costs continue to rise. Never mind saving the planet, it's good financial sense. On the positive side, the session is well-attended, the presentations are good, and there are concrete recommendations about how we can rapidly improve the situation, cutting emissions, boosting business and creating jobs.
From there, I go to the Eco House in Miles Platting for a carbon literacy taster session, a precursor to doing the full training. It's a fascinating couple of hours and I'm now looking forward to the e-learning bit. The day then reverts to type and it's back to the Town Hall to talk about education and schools, city centre and city centre fringe housing, maternity leave, and finally the city's growth agenda - the normal hotch potch of things I deal with in a day.