Annual Plan Thursday: “Energy Audit” – #Manchester #climate #climatetrumps

In 2012 Manchester City Council aimed for a 10% reduction in its own emissions. In July 2013 it claimed a 7% reduction. It was able to do this because responsibility for traffic lights moved from its books. Looking at everything else (buildings, transport) emissions went … UP by 1.8%.
So, building on that extremely strong base, the Council’s bureaucrats have proposed a series of actions to help them hit a new “7%” target. You can see the complete list here. Manchester Climate Monthly is going to take a closer look at each and every one of these 44 “actions.”

Twice a week, on “Annual Plan Tuesdays” and “Annual Plan Thursdays” we will be asking a few straightforward questions about each item. And to illustrate each post, we (Marc Hudson and Marc Roberts) are devising “Top Trump” cards for all of these actions. At two a week it will take you until December or so to collect the whole set… So far can’t give you a percentage on the 2005 figure, since the Council has been going off its 2009/10 baseline, in direct contradiction of its own plan.

And throughout all of this, we are asking YOU, the reader, and council tax payer (probably), what YOU think the Council should REALLY be doing… Because next year the council moves to a “three year plan.” And given what we already know of the low quality of the carbon plans and their implementation so far, we, the citizens, will be complicit if we remain silent…

toptrump004What it says

4.19 Energy audits will be concluded on three of the top 25 energy consuming operational buildings, and analysed with a view to establishing business cases for capital investment this year or beyond.

What was said last year (direct quote from 2012/13 plan)
5.2.4.2 An energy audit will be conducted at an office building to be identified.
5.2.4.6 An energy audit will be undertaken of the Sharp building for creative businesses
that will also assess opportunities to minimise energy use of the Council’s data
centre.

MCFly’s verdict
What on earth have they been DOING for the last three years? Wouldn’t you have “concluded” energy audits on ALL of your top 25 buildings by now?  Weasel words – “with a view…” “or beyond.”

What would a proper three year plan around this item look like? They’d name their top twenty five buildings. They’d do energy audits on 20 of them this year. They’d start taking action. 10 this year, 5 next year, 5 the year after. No waffle, no weasel…

How can culture be shifted around this item? I personally have no idea.

What else should the Council be doing around this item?

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1 Response to Annual Plan Thursday: “Energy Audit” – #Manchester #climate #climatetrumps

  1. As Energy Audits have been around for a long time now, they should of audited all their properties and taken action to reduce energy wastage. The fact that they have not done energy audits, shows the council has never been serious about being a ‘Green’ council and climate change. Think of the money they could of saved, to spend of essential front-line services, if they had carried out audits and taken appropriate action.

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