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Energy and carbon management

Contact us

Contact the energy and carbon management team:

Email: energy.en@nottscc.gov.uk 
Tel: 0115 977 4623

Resources to download

To help with using our SystemsLink energy monitoring system we have revised and updated our SystemsLink User Guide. The guide takes you through the web reporting system using annotated screen shots and step by step instructions, including how to generate a wide range of cost and consumption reports, and how to view your invoices. 

We’ve recently produced a new Property Guidance Note on Heating Controls [PDF], which we hope will help sites to eliminate any unnecessary heating energy consumption.

We've worked with Climate East Midlands and the Carbon Trust to develop several resources to help schools save energy and money, under the name of SCoRE – schools collaboration on resource efficiency. They are all PDFs.

You can also request a copy of our wood heat resources pack.

Edwalton Primary School tested out the full range of SCoRE resources during autumn term 2011, using them to identify a combined estimated annual saving of a staggering £3250 – roughly 20% of the school’s energy bill. Read about how they got on.


We publish an e-newsletter for schools, Carbon Copy, two to three times a year.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s energy and carbon management team provides a comprehensive energy management service to schools and other County Council buildings. The team works to reduce the cost of energy, cut carbon emissions and ensure compliance with energy-related legislation.

Energy services for schools

Children using computer

We are committed to helping schools with their own energy management. In total, energy use in our schools for things like heating, lighting, cooking, IT and other electrical equipment  accounts for about 70% of the Council’s carbon emissions resulting from energy use in its buildings. This energy use currently costs schools a combined sum of around £10million. We help schools by enabling them to buy through our energy supply contracts, assisting them with billing queries, helping them identify and reduce energy waste, providing interest-free loans for quick payback energy efficiency measures and giving support and advice to encourage use of renewable energy.

Read our school case studies:

In addition to our own school case studies further local inspiration can be found from the case studies on the Climate East Midlands website.

Energy procurement

The energy and carbon management team arranges and manages contracts for the supply of electricity, gas and wood pellets to County Council sites, including County schools and Academies. Through these arrangements, sites get the benefit of economies of scale and contract expertise geared to maximising value for money and quality service. The contract for wood pellet supply is available to other public sector bodies within Nottinghamshire.

Saving energy

Saving energy should be part of everyone’s thinking and behaviour. Energy is a precious and increasingly costly resource, still largely created using non-renewable resources, so-called fossil fuels, the burning of which is responsible for a range of harmful emissions, including those responsible for global warming. To help Council sites save energy we can identify energy saving opportunities and provide interest free loans to install quick pay back energy efficiency measures through our Local Authority Energy Finance scheme (LAEF). Among our resources is a simple energy survey questionnaire that can be used by non energy experts to identify opportunities for investment in quick pay back measures.

Read a case study showing how Sutton Community Academy, benefited from an LAEF loan.


The recent installation of automatic meter reading across many of our sites, combined with use of our energy management software means that not only do we get more accurate billing but we can monitor energy consumption on a half hourly basis, which can reveal significant opportunities to cut waste and improve efficiency. With our energy management software we are able to give sites their own log in to explore their own consumption patterns. 

Our guide to using SystemLink's web-based energy monitoring system

An excellent resource is available to support sites with interpreting these patterns and using them to identify energy saving opportunities.

Getting the benefit from Automatic Meter Reading (AMR)

Read about our energy saving tips.

Read about saving energy in our street lighting

Saving energy in the home

If you are interested in saving energy (and money) in your home, please visit www.everybodys-talking.org/take-action-save-money.

Here you can find advice on low energy lighting, insulation, heating and energy efficient appliances.

Renewable energy

Photo-voltaic Array

After reducing demand for energy and improving energy efficiency, the use of harmful fossil fuels can next best be reduced by switching to energy generated from renewable resources, such as the wind, sun and energy crops. Nottinghamshire County Council is a pioneer in the use of wood fuel, and has more than 60 of its sites, many of them schools, heated by boilers using wood pellets. Its Woodheat project is saving around 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, saving £72,000 in avoided carbon costs. A specific learning resource for schools, aimed at key stages 2-3, has been developed to support the Woodheat project.

Read a case study on:

  • Greenwood Primary and Nursery School where solar panels have been installed on the roof
  • Worksop Library which has an Energy Performance rating of ‘A’ and a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’, boasts solar thermal panels, a photovoltaic (PV) array and 2 wood pellet boilers 
  • SunVolt Programme is an investment in photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of various Council properties. 

The Council is also involved in the installation of solar panels and some other renewable energy technologies at a number of sites around the county.

Display Energy Certificates

Display Energy Certificates and associated advisory Reports are a legal requirement for public buildings, including schools, over a certain floor area in size (currently over 1,000m2). The certificates, which need to be displayed in a prominent place and have an A to G rating like many domestic electrical appliances, help building users and the public see how the building is performing, based on its energy consumption. 

Schools are able to take advantage of our contract for the provision of DECs and associated Advisory Reports for Council buildings under a comprehensive participation agreement, which provides value for money and ensures legal compliance. 

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