CIBSE embarks on pilot study for new carbon clean-up campaign

Following the success of last year’s 100 days of carbon clean up campaign, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is launching a new carbon-reduction project for 2007. This initiative is designed to help participants realise the carbon-saving potential of their workplaces. The 2006 campaign urged people to switch off, lift off [not use lifts] and turn off — promoting the behavioural changes that can have a significant impact on reducing carbon emissions. Feedback from that campaign confirmed the enthusiasm and commitment of those who took part, but also underlined the need for more help and advice on measuring, reducing and managing emissions. Many participants had difficulty with the calculation required as part of the campaign —a problem that this new project aims to overcome. As part of this latest campaign, CIBSE is offering the expertise of its low-carbon consultants free of charge to help 20 participants from various sectors to take practical and cost-effective measures to deliver real energy savings. This ‘100 days: realising the savings’ pilot study is funded by the Carbon Trust. The scheme will also enhance an organisation’s energy-management skills by training a member of staff to carry out annual energy assessments, a skill needed to produce an energy certificate for a building. The results from the pilot study will be used to provide improved guidance for the second campaign, which will run from 11 September to 19 December. John Armstrong, president of CIBSE, said, ‘We are delighted to be running our pilot study with a view to launching the new clean-up campaign. We had such a positive and committed response last year that this next campaign is set to save even greater amounts of energy and inspire a further cross-section of the UK workplaces to take action.’
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