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Energy Management

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.

There are 11 responses to “Energy Management”

  1. can't wait Says:

    VS / VER on the horizon but I think I am speaking for all staff in saying that I'm looking forward to carbon literacy training, this will take away any worries about job losses

  2. thischarmingmanc Says:

    @Can’t wait

    I am an employee of Manchester City Council and I can categorically state that you don’t speak for me.

    The huge cuts to funding that MCC and other local authorities face, means that cuts to services and a reduction in staff is inevitable. Manchester City Council, so far, has managed to achieve this without compulsory redundancy and will, I hope, aim for the same during the next round of cuts.

    Just because the council is facing tough decisions in terms of services and staffing, it doesn’t mean that all other priorities for the city have to go on hold. Reducing the city’s carbon emissions, looking at new ways of producing energy and making the city greener are up there with the most important issues for the city.

    Manchester City Council’s priority is, and always should be, to the City of Manchester and its people – all of its people, not just those who work for MCC.

  3. ABU Says:

    @can't wait
    You don't speak for me either. Of course a new round of voluntary severance / voluntary early retirement (VS/VER) is concerning but the council must still lead and be at the forefront of change across the city…none more important than carbon reduction.

    What is it you suggest we do: Cancel Christmas? Baton down the hatches?

  4. Phil Korbel Says:

    As part of the partnership co-ordinating the roll out of Manchester Carbon Literacy it's good to hear this range of opinion. Knowing people who have been through, or face the potential for VS I dont under-estimate its impact on MCC staff. That said, the large scale and effective take up of carbon literacy will save the city money (as well as CO2) and these savings will contribute to lessening the impact of the cuts.

  5. can't wait Says:

    recognise the responses have merit, but I am against the 'training' aspect of it, remind staff to turn off computers and lights or whatever; but do we really all need to go on 'Carbon Literacy Training'!? There are much bigger issues at hand and that is a luxury the busy staff can do without at the moment in my view

  6. franky Says:

    Do these business's switch off all their lights at the end of the day and ensure all electronic gadgets are switched off?

  7. phil ancoats Says:

    I'm afraid I can see why hard working Council employees are so uncertain of the benefits of spending money on this sort of training at a time when jobs and services are under threat. Please can you answer these questions Sir Richard:

    -if we are so concerned about our carbon footprint, why are we buying Stanstead airport. Presumably the plan is to run it down so there are less flights and less carbon emissions ?

    -what are you doing to curb your own emissions. Are you doing less overseas flights on Council business ? Are you using public transport rather than private hire car.


  8. Richard Leese Says:

    @ phil ancoats

    Came by tram today though most days I come by bike.

    @ everybody Before long the Council's budget position will become a bit irrelevant if we don't do more to tackle climate change and deal with its impact. Of course Manchester can't do that on its own but we can do our bit and we can take a lead. Our climate change action plan identified that around a quarter of our carbon emissions reduction target will be met by people changing their behaviour so clearly people are leaving lights on and aren't unplugging computers, chargers and so on.

    Energy costs money and the costs are going up. The more we can save on energy costs the more we can put into services and the jobs to deliver them

  9. Interested Manc Says:

    Anyone who thinks that carbon literacy training is limited to turning off computers and lights is probably in need of carbon literacy training.

  10. can't wait Says:

    in answer to ABU: yes
    interested manc - you do the training and let me know, thanks

  11. Phil Korbel Says:

    @interested Manc - can we use your comment as a training resource?

    More seriously - If, as we hope, the training is delivered effectively, the small sums being spent on it will be more than recouped by the energy costs saved. Climate change increasingly impacts on most areas of our lives, so this small investment to embed this knowledge and enable all Mancunians to play a part in the response is just common sense.



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