Schools in Portsmouth to reduce their carbon footprint

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SCHOOLS have been encouraged to think about their carbon footprint thanks to a new energy-saving scheme.

The Switching to Low Energy programme is offering state schools across the country the chance to reduce carbon emissions and help the UK reach its carbon reduction targets.

Meon Junior School in Portsmouth has already seen the benefits from the scheme as it has reduced its energy costs per pupil to £15.

As a result the school has made an annual saving of £4,802.

The scheme, which is being run by Salix finance for schools, has provided participants with LED light systems, energy efficient hand dryers, cooling systems for their IT equipment, boiler replacement and added insulation.

Headteacher at Meon Junior, Louise Linscott, said: ‘Salix has provided such a great gift with the loans scheme, it has provided us with an opportunity to change from oil to gas.

‘We are leading by example for the scheme, that is very important to me and the school.’

Schools participating in the scheme will receive many benefits, including an energy survey detailing ways in which energy efficiency can be increased and a financial model showing how schools can meet the costs.

Programme manager for Salix, Sam Illsley, said: ‘We hope that schools up and down the country will be inspired to be involved in this innovative pioneering project.’