Manchester City Council reveals ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions

Manchester City Council has revealed plans to reduce the overall carbon emissions across the area over the next three years, a recent news report in the local media has revealed.

The local authority plans to replace 56,000 street lights across Manchester with more efficient LED lighting over the next three years. They’ll also implement a new central management system, which will enable contractors to monitor the street lights in real time so repairs can be carried out more efficiently, is also planned. The work is expected to cut Manchester’s street lighting carbon emissions by nearly 60 per cent by the time the project is completed.

The City Council is also developing a civic quarter heat network around St Peter’s Square, enabling businesses and council buildings to access lower carbon energy, and has also received funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change for feasibility work to expand this into a larger area of the city centre.

Additionally, around 500 City Council staff have now received Carbon Literacy training to help them be more environmentally friendly at work and home.

The local authority should also look at the available energy consumption optimization technologies in order to cut their expenditure and reduce carbon emissions across all of their administrative buildings, and this is specifically where the HeatingSave building energy management system can help.

Building Energy Management Systems are capable of delivering extensive monitoring and control options, compared to basic controls. They typically employ data from a variety of sources (boiler flow and return sensors, internal and external temperature sensors, occupancy sensors, humidity sensors, etc.), and enable the perfect optimization of a building’s boiler-based central heating system.

HeatingSave comes packed with a number of features to prevent employees from adjusting the heating controls and leaving them in setting that can waste fuel. The keypad and display on the front of the controller has two levels of password protection.

These passwords can be changed by authorized personnel locally or centrally using the PC software. The password programming meets the requirements laid down by the Carbon Trust, and the PC software is user ID and password protected too.

Naturally, employees do have the right to set the ambient temperature at a value that best suites their needs, and HeatingSave manages this situation by firstly getting the temperature right so people don’t feel too hot or cold. If employees do feel too cold, they can hit a button to increase the room temperature. The heating will be turned up for a while BUT will then automatically turn back – keeping the employee at the right comfort temperature – and saving the employer on their fuel bill.

If you’d like to find out more about the savings enabled by the HeatingSave Building Energy Management System, just contact our dedicated team, they’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.

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