30 August 2011
The States are set to meet their energy savings targets for 2011.
Energy-efficiency measures have been established across the States with the aim of reducing energy and water consumption by 10% against 2010; making savings of £1.25 million by 2013; and achieving Eco-Active States accreditation for all departments by 2014.
Promotion of the Eco-Active initiative across all States Departments has resulted in improved awareness surrounding energy consumption and the realisation of significant savings across a number of departments, including Education, Sport and Culture; Health and Social Services and Transport and Technical Services.
Treasurer of the States, Laura Rowley, said: "Increased awareness and improved teamwork is resulting in significant efficiencies being realised across the Island. All States Departments have been taking a closer look at their energy and water consumption, as part of the Eco-Active States initiative, and have been able to identify and implement new ways to save energy and water, while continuing to deliver efficient and effective customer service."
The Minister for Treasury and Resources, Senator Philip Ozouf, said: "I am pleased to say that the States are on track to meet their targets and should achieve a 10% reduction in the consumption of energy and water, as well as cashable efficiencies of £1.25m, by 2013."
Energy consumption improvements
The constant review of energy consumption at all 5 of the Island’s sports centres, as well as the installation of improved swimming pool pumping and filtration systems, new light fittings and pool covers, has led to the Sports Division at Education, Sport and Culture becoming the first States department to be awarded Eco-Active States accreditation. Improvements have resulted in a 40% saving in electric used for lighting the buildings and approximately £35,000 being saved in annual energy costs across the Island’s sports facilities.
Education, Sport and Culture have also replaced outdated air-conditioning systems in several school buildings, resulting in a 30% saving in the amount of electricity required to operate and overall revenue savings of approximately £10,000 per year across the 60 air conditioning units.
The lifts at Jersey’s General Hospital have been replaced by more energy-efficient versions, resulting in a reduction in energy consumption of 40% and savings of over £20,000 per annum. Health and Social Services have also begun the phased replacement of old lighting with new, low-energy fittings and lamps, a move which will result in annual savings of £13,000.
Meanwhile, the Traffic and Street Works Team at Transport and Technical Services have recently installed new public lighting systems, as part of a planned programme of replacing old fittings and lamps, which consume less energy and have lower carbon emissions, resulting in savings that total almost £10,000 per year.
Jersey Airport has consumed 14% less energy this year than it did during the same period in 2010. Workshops have been held for staff members and a review has taken place of the building management system to ensure closer control of internal energy consumption. A new baggage system has also been installed that shuts down very quickly when it is not in use. These initiatives have all helped Jersey Airport to consume less energy while maintaining customer service.