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31 January 2014

Low Carbon Schools Conference, 7th March 2014

The East Midlands Low Carbon Schools conference on 7th March at the National College for Teaching and Leadership in Nottingham will explore how an increasing number of local schools are finding ways to cut their energy use, saving cash and cutting carbon emissions in the process.

West Park School in Derby for instance has invested in smaller boilers with improved controls and despite some recent cold winters, has seen its gas use fall significantly. Annual consumption has dropped from 1,419,000kWh in 2007/8 to around 1,002,000kWh in 2012/13 (a 29% reduction, equivalent to a financial saving of around £10,000 and a carbon saving of 76 tonnes).

Government benchmarking data shows that West Park compares very well with other schools in its spending on energy. In 2011/12 it spent £61 per pupil per year on energy, against a national median for secondary schools with Key Stage 4 of £92. Robert Mousley, the Bursar, comments that “we keep amazing ourselves that every year we maintain or cut energy consumption rather than seeing it increase”.

St Faith and St Martin Primary Junior School in Lincoln has invested £5,500 in boiler optimizers which are expected to pay back in just two years from smaller bills. The school is anticipating an even quicker return on the £860 it’s spent on insulating its plant room: just over 18 months. These two improvements are calculated to reduce the school heating bill by £2,781 per year.

The conference is aimed at those who manage schools and have responsibility for buildings and finance and will showcase a range of exciting projects from schools right across the East Midlands. Speakers and contributors include headteachers, governors, senior managers, eco-coordinators, bursars, site managers, caretakers and pupils. Also present will be a range of local companies who supply energy related products and services to the education sector, including the main conference sponsor, Sabien Technology. Participants will be able to:

  • Hear direct from a number of leading schools, including Edwalton Primary School in Nottinghamshire, Brockington College, a Church of England secondary school in Leicestershire and St Faith and St Martin, a Church of England junior school in Lincolnshire.
  • Choose from a wide selection of interactive workshops that include managing old school buildings, low carbon new builds and extensions and using renewable technologies to generate energy and income.
  • Share their experiences and get answers to their questions from a large number of well informed and experienced school representatives, local authority and private sector energy experts.

The conference chair is Ed Horgan from Briar Associates, who managed a pilot low carbon project with 80 pilot schools in the East Midlands two years ago. The keynote speaker is Yvonne Baker, the Chief Executive of the National Science Learning Centre and National STEM Centre, which provide continuing professional development on teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Conference organiser Kim Hudson from Inspiring Outdoors says:

"The day looks set to offer many inspirational insights into the challenges and opportunities of creating a low carbon school - encouraging all to invest today to save tomorrow."

The conference is being organised by Climate East Midlands in association with the local authorities that have responsibility for schools in the East Midlands, including Lincolnshire County Council and Leicestershire County Council. The venue is a green building that is owned by the Department for Education on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus, a groundbreaking eco-friendly development that was previously occupied by the Raleigh Bicycle factory for most of the 20th century.

More information about the event can be found at online at:

The conference flyer and programme can be downloaded:

Booking is online from this link:

Places are £40 per person.

Notes to Editor

  • Climate East Midlands (CEM) is one of nine publicly funded climate change partnerships in the English regions which collectively help local organisations to prepare for the changing climate.
  • CEM is part of East Midlands Councils, the consultative forum for local authorities in the region. East Midlands Councils provides support to Councils to improve their services and is a strong voice for the East Midlands.

This press release can also be downloaded.


For further information please contact:

Mike Peverill, Climate East Midlands

Tel: 01664 502628.  Mobile 07854 284588


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