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17 Jun 2009 12:06:02

British schools urged to save money with energy efficiency drive



British schools urged to save money with energy efficiency drive
Making Britain's schools more energy efficient could help headteachers to save £70 million in annual electricity bills and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 600,000 tonnes.

According to the Carbon Trust, reducing energy wastage at schools could deliver enough savings to fund 230,000 computers or 4.5 million text books for students.

The figures were revealed as the environmental organisation launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging schools to do more to tackle climate change.

Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust, suggested that energy efficiency measures must be considered by school staff and parents looking at ways to stretch learning budgets further.

"Cutting energy use is a highly effective way to free-up those funds, whilst engaging the school community in the fight against climate change," he said.

In total, the trust estimates that schools could take 20 percent off their electricity, gas and heating bills by improving insulation and lighting, while also including teachers and students in energy-saving initiatives.

Last year, the Sustainable Development Commission published a report documenting the carbon footprint of England's education sector.

It found that English schools currently emit 9.4 million tonnes of CO2 and other greenhouse gases every year, with heat and power accounting for 37 percent of that while goods and services make up 45 percent.

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