Just Getting Started: The West of England Carbon Challenge relaunches after four successful years

Nick Mason

October 03, 2013

Launched in May 2009 by Forum for the Future, the West of England Carbon Challenge (WECC) brought public and private organisations from across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire together in a collective commitment to reduce their carbon emissions by 2.5% year-on-year, targeting a total reduction of 10% by 2012/13.

In this time the network has grown from 10 founders to over 130 members, including the likes of BBC, Environment Agency, Triodos Bank, Yeo Valley and Wessex Water. While WECC fell a bit short of the overall group target, there have been notable successes with over 50% of members showing reductions in emissions and several showing drops of over 20%.


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Less Hot Air: More Measuring and Managing

Benjamin Kott

July 06, 2012

From Jonathon Porritt's blog: http://www.jonathonporritt.com/blog/less-hot-air-more-measuring-and-managing

"Forum for the Future has ended up running one of the first and still one of the biggest initiatives helping organisations reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint.

The West of England Carbon Challenge was set up in 2009. There are now 130 public and private sector organisations signed up to the Challenge, accounting for over 129,000 employees – this is about 25% of the West of England’s workforce.

All organisations are asked to sign up to an average annual cut of 2.5% in emissions for four years – to reach a total of at least 10% by 2012. They have to make a Director-level commitment and submit all their energy data on a regular basis.

Perhaps one of the most important things about WECC is the level of the support people get – most voluntary sign-up schemes just leave people to their own devices once they’ve ticked the box.

We also provide an opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other. This sounds easy, but it doesn’t happen without a great deal of encouragement. To help with that, we partnered with a great little organisation called EnergyDeck, which provides the software for all the organisations to benchmark themselves and with others around the world.

Not only is it simple to use for participants and for ourselves – providing all the data we need in a standardised and comparable format – but it also helps build the WECC community.

www.energydeck.com

WECC celebrated its Third Year on Monday night, with special Awards for nine organisations (in both the public and private sectors) which have achieved a 10% or more reduction between 2010 and 2011.

Truly inspirational – check out all the details on www.westofenglandcarbonchallenge.org/2012/07/our-2012-carbon-champions/"


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