Worcester City Council is committed to being more sustainable, as well as making the city of Worcester more sustainable. We are undertaking a wide range of actions.
Environmental Statement of Intent
Our Environmental Statement of Intent sets out the policy of Worcester City Council in relation to environmental impact.
Our Carbon Management Plan identifies our 'baseline' - where our energy is currently being used - and then looks at where we may be able to save energy. Some of these savings will require some investment, such as lighting upgrades. Other savings we may be able to make through better management of our heating controls and ensuring that all electrical items are switched off overnight. The Plan was put together with the help of the Carbon Trust.
We have installed Automatic Meter Readers (AMRs) into our main buildings - this has allowed us to gather detailed information on our energy usage. Our fleet vehicles have been equipped with trackers, aimed at revealing an individuals driving behaviour so their fuel usage can be reduced by simply driving in a more environmentally friendly manner e.g. not excessively harsh braking. We have a programme in place that ensures our fleet vehicles are replaced with more energy efficient models to increase performance and reduce fuel consumption. We also try and encourage our suppliers to consider their environmental impact and request a copy of a business's, company's or supplier's Environmental Policy when tendering.
Leisure Centres leading the way - St Johns and Nunnery Wood are currently striving ahead with a strong environmental management programme, including excellent work to reduce their energy usage. The programme also looks at waste, staff travel and water usage.
These are some of the changes that the sports centres have made:
- Both centres have recycling bins for staff and for centre users
- The Environmental Policy is being displayed in special 'Environment' notice boards
- Environmental issues are raised in each team meeting
- Environmental awareness is being covered in staff inductions and staff training
- Temperatures are regularly checked to ensure they are at the correct level for the type of facility
- Advice received from the Carbon Trust and Carbon Trust documents used for further guidance (eg. Sports and Leisure Sector Overview, Good Practice Guide for Sports and Leisure)
Sustainability in the West Midlands
We are pleased to be able to work with the other 33 local authorities in the West Midlands, to share good practice and experience. Sustainability West Midlands have produced a report on the 'Sustainability Challenges' facing the West Midlands. This report identifies the problems that the West Midlands face and opportunities for action.
For more information about regional sustainability work or the individual reports mentioned, explore the Sustainability West Midlands website.