Dorset - Get money back by being green

26th February 2010 at 00:00

Teachers are being asked to help cut energy use in Dorset schools by 30 per cent.

Primaries and secondaries in the county create 60 per cent of the council's carbon footprint and staff will have to manage a new scheme to make classrooms greener.

Dorset County Council faces financial penalties from the Government if the 16,000 tonnes of CO2 produced in schools every year is not reduced. Oil, gas and electricity bills are #163;2 million.

The new statutory Carbon Reduction Commitment, which starts in April, means all local authorities will have to pay for "allowances" if they produce excess carbon dioxide. The best environmental performers get their money back.

In Dorset, #163;65,000 will be spent in the next year to pay for a "technical schools officer" to help teachers become greener. Each network of schools will have a dedicated teacher running an eco network and the money will also fund their time out of the classroom. Support to monitor, measure and understand their energy consumption and carbon footprint will be available. KM.

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