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Council achieves green Standard
Liverpool City Council has won national recognition for its work in tackling climate change.
It is the first authority in Merseyside to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard which recognises the council's efforts to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of the 500 buildings it's responsible for.
Every school, library, leisure centre, One Stop Shop and cemetery has been installed with special equipment which monitors the amount of energy being used.
And, over the last three years, the council's energy team have been using live updates, identifying those areas which use huge amounts of gas or electricity - and coming up with solutions to reduce this.
As a result of this hi-tech monitoring, changes include:
· More energy efficient heating installed at Sefton Park Palm House
· Efficiency dimmable bulbs in the chandeliers in the Great Hall of St George's Hall
· Liverpool Town Hall now sources all its food from local suppliers
· Staff at Everton Park Sports Centre have taken up the challenge to become eco-aware after training on how to reduce the amount of electricity they use
The city council's executive member for the environment, Councillor Berni Turner, said: "We're delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard, especially as our dedicated energy team are committed to doing everything they can to reduce our carbon footprint.
"We are one of the few councils in the UK who monitor an entire estate of 500 sites, and on top of that we produce daily updates on how much electric and gas is used in individual buildings.
"After just three years we are seeing a positive difference to the amount of energy we use and for the past year there has been no increase at all, which is quite a feat when you consider we employ more than 19,000 staff.
"However, we're not complacent and will continue to do everything we can to reduce our energy even more and protect the environment for future generations."
The city council were awarded with the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard following an inspection from an independent assessor who described the energy management as "excellent" and said "there are few, if any, local authorities with such exceptional quality of data that can monitor live, virtually an entire estate".
Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, said: "Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof an organisation has taken genuine action to reduce their direct impact on climate change by cutting carbon emissions. We congratulate Liverpool City Council on this achievement.
"Both businesses and consumers share a desire for one, credible way to prove an organisation has not only measured, but actually reduced their carbon emissions year-on-year without the use of offsetting. The Carbon Trust Standard provides this credibility and we encourage more organisations to follow the city council in making this commitment."
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