The National Archives exceeds target for energy saving
Figures released by the Cabinet Office this week show that all government departments have met their targets to reduce carbon emissions over the last year, saving 13.8% across the civil service.
The National Archives has achieved a reduction of 17.7% in carbon emissions, far exceeding the target figure of 11% set by the Ministry of Justice. The reduction equates to a carbon saving of 1,403 tonnes.
Our energy saving measures include:
- replacing end-of-life building equipment with new and more efficient systems, such as chillers which use 10% less electricity and a combined heat and power plant which generates hot water and uses the energy from this process to produce electricity
- using an anaerobic digestion composting facility, which breaks down food and produces biogas for green energy generation and fertiliser for use in farming
- installing new entrance porches to reduce drafts and lower the amount of heating required, providing an estimated carbon saving per year of 14 tonnes
- upgrading our building management systems to optimise the control of heating ventilation and air conditioning systems
- replacing ageing repository lighting with high-efficiency sensor controlled alternatives.
Today's results mark the first significant milestone in the 25% reduction in carbon emissions that The National Archives has pledged to achieve by 2015.