South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has contracted Engie to develop a net zero carbon roadmap. This move follows SSDC’s declaration of a climate ecological emergency in May 2019 and publication of an environment strategy that sets out immediate actions and long-term goals for achieving significant reductions in carbon emissions.
Engie was selected to produce the roadmap for achieving zero carbon for SSDC’s 10 largest energy-consuming sites following a rigorous selection process involving 29 bidders. It will carry out energy audits and carbon assessments of all the sites involved and will develop a carbon reduction waterfall to identity priority areas where the greatest reductions can be achieved. This will map out a path to enable SSDC to achieve optimum carbon savings in the most efficient and cost-effective ways.
SSDC portfolio holder for environment Councillor Sarah Dyke explained: “We have already implemented a wide range of carbon-saving initiatives across building management, transportation, waste management and environmental protection. Taking the strategy to the next level requires expert input and we were very impressed with Engie’s carbon-saving credentials.”
Stuart Denton-Brown, energy services director at Engie added, “Developing a clear roadmap for achieving carbon-reduction targets is the first step in supporting SSDC in realising their net zero carbon ambitions. We are already involved in such initiatives with a number of other local authorities so we can be confident we have the depth and breadth of services and experience to help SSDC achieve its goals.”