What is the council doing?

Salford City Council recognises that climate change is now accepted as a reality which we need to address.

Salford's climate change strategy is a statement of commitment intended to address the challenges of climate change, the strategy has three purposes:

  • To provide a framework for action
  • To encourage good practice and partnership working between organisations 
  • To demonstrate a range of action that is already taking place across Salford

Salford's climate change strategy deals with:

  • Carbon reduction - reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases
  • Climate adaptation - ensuring that we are considering the impact of climate change and how we can deal with it
  • Behavioural change - raising awareness and educating about the challenges posed by climate change

The key areas of focus are:

  • Transport and travel
  • Housing
  • The economy
  • Regeneration
  • Wasting less
  • Understanding the impacts of climate change
  • Adapting services and places
  • Raising awareness and educating

The strategy covers the council as a business unit, managing our own estate, as a regulator and policy maker and as a community leader, working with communities and partners.

Carbon management plan

The council's carbon management plan outlines the city council's commitment to an aspirational 40% reduction in CO2 and identifies the best opportunities to reduce CO2 most effectively. It represents a programme of physical projects and a programme of behavioural change that will challenge every member of staff to reducing our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon Saver Gold Standard for energy efficiency

Salford City Council has gone through an assessment process in order to achieve the Carbon Saver Gold Standard for energy efficiency accreditation for the authority. The process involved a comprehensive analysis of our energy data and energy monitoring systems. The accreditation body has confirmed Salford City Council has achieved the overall maximum five-star rating on the Carbon Saver Gold Standard, based on a comprehensive set of ten different criteria and site visits.

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme

The Carbon Reduction Commitment energy efficiency scheme is a mandatory UK-wide carbon emissions scheme covering large non-energy intensive businesses and public sector organisations, including large local authorities. The scheme is a central part of the UK's strategy for reducing CO2 emissions and delivering the ambitious targets set in the Climate Change Act. It has been designed to provide participants with the financial and reputational incentives to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in the most efficient way.

From April 2010, the city council has been a mandatory participant in the scheme, and from April 2012 onwards, will need to pay for every tonne of CO2 it produces from all its buildings, including schools. This could equate to approximately 34,000 tonnes of CO2 or £408,000. The more energy efficient the council can become the less it will have to pay.
Salford City Council recognises its important role in responding to the challenges of climate change. Reducing the city's carbon footprint and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change is understood as an important part of the council's role in community leadership.

Carbon management savings

Salford City Council continues to invest in energy efficiency which has already reduced it's carbon emissions by 22.51% since 2009 and now save the council £100,000 a year in energy bills.

Type of reduction Actual Normalised
Overall electricity reduction 2007 - 2014 12.33% 12.33%
Overall gas reduction 2007 - 2014 19.89% 26.67%
Overall oil reduction 2007 - 2014 81.82% 83.36%
Overall Co2 reduction 2007 - 2014 19.34% 22.51%

Solar panels on council buildings

Over 100 photo-voltaic solar panels have been installed at the Civic Centre in Swinton, which will help cut the council's electricity bills and its carbon footprint. The £50,000 investment will also help generate over £14,000 per year through the feed in tariff and by powering lights and computers at the centre. The new system is expected to cut the council's CO2 emissions by 15 tonnes per year and to generate 27,600 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Over 20 years the panels will save £286,000 and avoid CO2 emissions of 296 tonnes.

Following the success of this pilot the local authority plans to roll out a program of solar installations on suitable local authority buildings.

Street lighting

In 2011 a pilot retrofit of 2,000 LED street lights were fitted across 300 streets in Salford. Following the initial pilot retrofit of 2,000 LED street lights across Salford, Salford City Council approved the fitting of a further 24,000 street lights by Urban Vision. Figures for 2014 to 215 suggest a 23% decrease in carbon emissions. This is a reduction in CO2 emissions of 1,643 tonnes.

Green Wheels

Green Wheels is a council programme to encourage staff to play their part in tackling climate change and promoting sustainability, by making sustainable travel choices when travelling to, from and during work.

The main aims of the plan are:

  • To encourage employees to cycle to work
  • To encourage employees to use public transport
  • To encourage employees to car share
  • To encourage sustainable business travel 
  • To manage parking
  • To incentivise sustainable and healthy travel choices

By the end of 2015 approximately 1,200 staff will have been enrolled in a Co-Wheels Car Club. The current fleet of 21 vehicles includes 4 electric cars. The use of a car club will deliver significant financial savings by reducing the amount of miles travelled by a predicted 22% and enable the council to reduce its carbon emissions. This would result in a saving of 128 tonnes of CO2.

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