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Climate action and what we are doing

These are some of the initiatives we have been working on since declaring a climate emergency in 2018. 

Hybrid vehicles

We held a trial of a self-charging hybrid vehicle in December 2019. Since then we have changed one of our pool cars to a hybrid. 

The move to a hybrid pool car:

  • lowers our carbon emissions
  • works towards the 2030 carbon neutral commitment
  • makes lease cost savings and helps to combat local air pollution

Our leased pool cars contribute 8,226 kg CO2 towards the our annual carbon emissions. Switching to a hybrid will save 8.6% (711 kg CO2) in carbon emissions and £329 per year in lease costs.

Site survey for an electric charging point

A site survey for the installation of an electric vehicle charging point (EVCP) in the Council office staff car park was undertaken. Installing an EVCP will enable the Street Wardens to trial an electric van. It will support the move to electric vehicles for the Council’s operations. Any learning from this trial will be utilised to investigate the feasibility of installing EVCPs at other sites.

Plastic packaging

We worked with the Mayor of Coleford and Coleford Town Council to prepare a template that can be used by businesses, schools and the local community to reduce their use of single use plastics. We hope that other towns will also be able to use this template. 

We have asked local supermarkets in Coleford, Cinderford, Newent and Lydney what they can do to reduce unnecessary plastic packaging in their stores.

Gas saving heating additive

We carried out a trial on our gas central heating system to improve its energy efficiency and lower the associated carbon emissions. We anticipate the trial to result in up to 15% reduction in annual gas consumption and associated carbon emissions. The trial is also expected to result in up to 15% annual energy cost savings, reflecting an eight month payback period. 

The additive works by improving the heat transfer rate and efficiency of a heating system, this results in rooms reaching temperature quicker and staying warmer for longer. This means less gas is consumed to maintain the set temperature.

We are collating the results and will share our findings with the community and any interested stakeholders once they are ready. 

Energy supply and consumption

We have been reducing the energy consumption of our offices, resulting in a significant decrease in carbon emissions. In 2018 to 2019 electricity from our buildings totalled 384,203 KWH. This is a 45% reduction from 2013 to 2014, equating to 89,001 kg CO2e, which is 8% of total council emissions.

In June 2019 we asked West Mercia Energy for a green energy supply. From August 2019 our electricity is on a green tariff.  We are investigating installing solar panels on our office buildings.