Energy saving for good cause

By on 06/03/2012 in News

Three of Birmingham City Council's flagship office buildings will have their lights switched off on March 31 as a show of support for the WWF Earth Hour initiative.

Lights at the Council House, 1 Lancaster Circus and the recently-opened 10 Woodcock Street will be turned off (where the health and safety of staff and the public is not affected) for one hour from 8.30pm.

This year will be the third Earth Hour that the council has proactively supported, and underlines the authority's commitment to sustainability - underpinned by an aim to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2026, when compared to 1990 baseline levels.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Although taking part in Earth Hour may seem a small gesture, it is a significant statement on how seriously the council takes the issue of sustainability.

“Given the threat of climate change and soaring fuel prices, we are committed to cutting our use of energy and are firmly on course to meet our carbon emission reduction targets by 2026.

“I hope as many organisations as possible get involved with Earth Hour in Birmingham - taking part shows that you are conscious of the issues related to energy usage and have a determination to do something about it.”


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  1. James says:

    When working hours for BCC staff are 8.15am to 5.15pm with the majority of offices being open between 7am and 7pm why are the lights on at 8.30pm for this ‘small gesture’ to be made?
    Granted these offices may be open later so the lights may be required to be on, but there are many other energy saving methods that could be implemented throughout coucil offices across the city that would be far more beneficial than just turning off some lights for an hour.
    Another question would be what kind of lights are being turned off? Have BCC implemented energy saving lighting into these offices or are they all still using old lighting systems?

    • geoffc says:

      The buildings taking part in Earth Hour are our three main administrative sites and people can and do work outside the hours you mention.
      We do employ a number of energy saving measures throughout the year but are keen to once again support the Earth Hour initiative to highlight sustainability issues.