Coventry City Council has been ranked as the top authority in the Local Authority Energy Index (LAEI)

Coventry City Council has been ranked as the top authority in the Local Authority Energy Index (LAEI) beating over 100 other local authorities.

The aim of the LAEI is to showcase the best energy work that is taking place around the UK and to raise awareness of the areas that local authorities can improve upon. The report, researched in 2015 and published in November, scored 103 local authorities on energy efficiency in a number of areas, including energy management of their own buildings, improving energy efficiency in the community, improving energy efficiency in housing, and energy infrastructure.

Coventry scored highly in each of the areas, recognising the work the council has been doing with regards to energy efficiency, in particular:
• Low carbon heating of key public buildings through the Heatline district energy network
• The roll out of energy efficient street lighting across the city
• Community energy efficiency initiatives and insulation projects
• Published and formally adopted an energy use reduction target
A programme encouraging other building users to improve their energy efficiency
 
Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment, said: “It’s great that our hard work around energy efficiency is being recognised.”

“It’s increasingly being acknowledged that Coventry is at the forefront of green practise. We’ve already done lots of work inside and outside of the Council which has saved energy and reduced our carbon footprint.”

Coventry City Council scored most highly in managing energy in its own buildings and for its work with energy in the community.

Recently, Coventry City Council was awarded a Green Apple gold award for Environmental Best Practise for encouraging sustainable behaviours through both its Green Champions programme and Think Low Carbon campaigns.

For the fifth year running Coventry has been named as the top city in England for cutting carbon by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).  The latest figures for 2013 show that the city reduced its carbon emissions by 25% or over 440,000 tonnes a year – the same amount that a normal family car would emit if it made 10 round trips to the sun.

To read more about Coventry’s performance, please see http://laenergyindex.co.uk/local-authorities/coventry/
For more information on the Local Authority Energy Index, please see http://laenergyindex.co.uk/