Over 200 delegates packed the halls at The Carbon Trust’s 12th annual Public Sector conference in London in February; primarily energy decision makers from across the UK public sector organisations keen for information and guidance on ways and means to meet Public Sector carbon emissions reduction targets. #PSCarbon
In the wake of the historic global agreement reached at COP21 in Paris last year; reaffirming the goal of keeping average warming below 2 degrees Celsius, the pivotal question addressed by the forum was “how are UK public sector organisations responding to these targets?” #climatereadycouncils
The conference highlighted the immense interest by public sector bodies in implementing efficient systems to decrease their carbon emissions and the imperative to do so. The UK currently ranks fourth on the Energy Trilemma Index; after Switzerland, Sweden and Norway, a triple constraint of Energy Security, Environmental Sustainability and Energy Equity. Development, research, and implementation of efficient technologies are essential to overcome these constraints and meet global CO2 emissions targets by 2025.
Among the line-up of eminent speakers invited by The Carbon Trust, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, the current Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), highlighted the crucial importance of public sector involvement in achieving those goals.
“A change in [our] approach is required and a solution towards meeting those goals is available”
Successful initiatives such as the Low Carbon Cities Programme in Bristol, Leeds and Manchester, part of the wider Carbon Trust's Programme, have reduced energy consumption in more than 3,000 public sector organisations in the UK and overseas by £700 million, while reducing their carbon emissions by more than 17.5 million tonnes. Plans to save a further £2.5bn in the coming years are in the pipeline.
“IT energy is the last and largest unmanaged business expense accounting for 25-80% of enterprise energy consumption” –Gartner 2015
UK Government-backed initiatives like the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) coupled with promising interest by local authorities and availability of required technology make IT energy management a ‘win-win-win’ situation for the environment, government and businesses.
The time is ripe for local Government organisations to invest in energy saving technologies, harnessing the most effective and proven solution of Intelligent Optimised Technology (IOT). This unique IT energy saving platform developed by Cisco (Cisco Energy Management) automatically controls costs and carbon to create sustainable operations. As a crusader of this technology, and Cisco partner, Network Interlinks was on hand to offer detailed, customised information on the technology, costs and returns; supporting the ESOS 4-yearly directive to assess, audit , measure, manage and confirm the reduction in an organisation’s carbon footprint.
Presented as a case in point, in 2015 Glasgow City Council implemented Cisco’s Energy Management reporting system in 29 of their every four years secondary schools; resulting in a 9% reduction of its IT energy use over six months while giving them a return on investment within five months, saving £330,000 in the first year. Implementation of the system also boosted the city’s IT policy in favour of their future city ambitions. This will now be rolled out across all 700 buildings in the Council’s estate.
Network Interlinks is proud to be in partnership with Cisco Energy Management and to work under the auspices of the Carbon Trust and other like-minded organisations to help the UK public sector to rationalise its energy use to reduce costs and environmental impact.
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10th February, 2016