ENGIE has been contracted by South Somerset District Council (SSDC) to develop a net zero carbon roadmap to help achieve zero carbon at 10 of its largest energy-consuming sites.
The move follows SSDC’s declaration of a climate ecological emergency in May 2019 and publication of an environment strategy that sets out immediate actions and long-term goals for achieving significant reductions in carbon emissions.
The South Somerset district covers an area of 370 square miles and ranges from its borders with Devon, Wiltshire and Dorset to the edge of the Somerset Levels. The District Council’s environment strategy sets out ambitious targets with a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2030.
ENGIE will carry out energy audits and carbon assessments of all the sites involved and will develop a carbon reduction waterfall to identity priority areas where the greatest reductions can be achieved. This will map out a path to enable SSDC to achieve optimum carbon savings in the most efficient and cost-effective ways.
SSDC Portfolio Holder for Environment Councillor Sarah Dyke explained: “We have already implemented a wide range of carbon-saving initiatives across building management, transportation, waste management and environmental protection. Taking the strategy to the next level requires expert input and we were very impressed with ENGIE’s carbon-saving credentials.”
Stuart Denton-Brown, Energy Services Director at ENGIE added: “Developing a clear roadmap for achieving carbon-reduction targets is the first step in supporting SSDC in realising their net zero carbon ambitions. We are already involved in such initiatives with a number of other local authorities so we can be confident we have the depth and breadth of services and experience to help SSDC achieve its goals.”