Shrinking our carbon footprint


Energy saving measures at the National Library of Scotland in the past year have reduced our carbon emissions by 15%.

NLS was 1 of 47 Scottish organisations who graduated from the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme this month. The progamme is designed to help organisations develop a framework, targets and strategy for delivering carbon-reducing practices over 5-10 years. Among other things, it can improve management of buildings energy use, vehicle fleets and waste recycling.

Aiming for a 5% reduction this year, we exceeded our first target through the involvement and creativity of staff, contractors and unions. We have also published our Carbon Management Plan for 2010-2015 (PDF) (670 KB; 58 pages).

Our success was recognised by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, at the graduation event in Edinburgh. As well as receiving our graduation certificate, NLS representatives gave a presentation on the work we are doing.

To help achieve our target, we have also installed energy efficiency technology which should lead to a 10% drop in electricity costs. By introducing Voltage Power Optimisation, in association with powerPerfector, we can improve power quality so that our electrical equipment operates more effectively. This will bring an annual saving of over £18,000 and 140,000kg of C02.

1 October 2010

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