Energy in schools

Our goal

Green Action for Change

We have set out our commitment to tackling climate change through our environmental sustainability plan (2011-2020), Green Action for Change

We aim to reduce our carbon footprint by 21% by 2015 and 40% by 2020. The focus for schools is to increase the number with an action plan in place to improve their energy rating year on year.

This delivery plan aims to address how the Council will support schools through the Low Carbon School (LCS) project so they can begin to contribute to carbon reduction.

Camden's school estate

  • emits approximately 11,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere every year (approximately one third of Camden Council’s carbon footprint)
  • spends around £1.7M on energy (2010/11) annually. At the current rate of projected energy price increases (3.0% per year), this could increase to £2M per year over the next five years if left unchecked.
  • the energy use corresponds to an additional annual cost for carbon purchased of £130,000 under the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) based on £12/t CO2.

Green Action for Change, includes commitments to support schools to:

  • reduce their ecological footprint and carbon emissions
  • deliver education for sustainable development
  • engage children and young people in sustainability projects
  • showcase sustainable development in action.

How can I reduce my school's carbon footprint?

We have been working in partnership with The Carbon Trust to develop the Low Carbon School Project. 

The aim of this project is to support schools to take a 'whole school approach' to sustainability. This will include involving the whole school community in energy saving action and embedding carbon reduction in teaching activities.

Schools who take part in the project will become exemplars of good practice and help equip Camden’s children with the skills they need to achieve sustainable development and deal with the environmental, economic and social challenges they face.

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