Environment and Climate Change

Environment and Climate Change

Environment & Climate Change Unit (ECCU)

The ECCU is responsible for safeguarding our natural resources, finding ways of using them more efficiently and to reduce our impact on the environment and climate change, within Bradford Council and the Bradford District.

 The following ECCU work streams relate to the districts schools.

  • Energy & Utilities Management including procurement, billing and building controls, energy efficiency.
  • Climate Change & Carbon Management, developing action plans to reduce the impacts and risks from Climate Change on the Councils service delivery and reducing CO2 emissions from Councils operations.
  • Environmental Management including efficient use of natural resources, water, waste and wider ecosystem services, travel planning, environmental awareness and intelligence.
  • Increasing renewable energy use within the council and community.

School Energy

Energy Tariffs

The ECCU negotiates energy contracts to help schools get the best value energy prices, through the YPO contract. The current providers through the YPO contract are npower for electricity and British Gas for gas.

Billing Assistance

Dealing with energy contacts and billing can be very complex, ECCU can help resolve any problems or issues you maybe experiencing with your schools utilities.  For more information click link to School Energy Contract Issues news story.

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)

Each year Bradford Council must submit an annual Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Report to the government. The report identifies the amount of energy/fuel corporate buildings, including the schools, within the Bradford District use on an annual basis. This is then converted into tonnes of CO2 and is charged at £16.40 per tonne (known as carbon allowances).

ECCU obtains energy consumption from all our suppliers for all corporate buildings, including the schools, within the Bradford District. Schools are then responsible for paying their own carbon allowances based on the schools energy/fuel usage.

Schools have previously had to pay CRC allowances however from April 2014  schools will be excluded under the Carbon Reduction Commitment.  

Meter Readings

It is important that schools take regular meter reading so that energy consumption can be monitored, the more often meter readings are taken the better as it will help identify where energy savings can be made and ensure the school is not being over charged on utility bills.


Submit Gas Meter Readings

British Gas has launched ERIC (Electronic Read Information Capture). Through ERIC, schools receive an email, which prompts them to submit a meter reading.

To sign up and for more information click ERIC

Submit Electricity Meter Readings

Email school electricity meter readings to npower at YPO@npower.com please state the date, meter reading, meter reference and school name.

Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) devices

To help save money, monitor energy consumption and costs, schools may want AMRs fitting. These devices can communicate real time data regarding energy consumption.

Electricity - Npower Encompass software enables schools to monitor electricity onsumption.                                                                                                            

Gas - British Gas BG360 software enables schools to monitor gas consumption.

Charges apply for the installation of AMRs and associated software, full details are available from ECCU.


School Energy Efficiency Loan Fund

Education Client Services has teamed up with Bradford Councils Schools Forum, Schools Finance Team, Environment and Climate Change Unit and Building & Technical Services to offer Bradford schools this great opportunity to obtain a loan to fund energy efficient initiatives that can reduce energy consumption, help save the environment and save your school money.

A revolving loan fund is being made available to fund a range of energy saving measures such as insulation, lighting and renewable energy including electricity generating solar panels.  These will be installed by a qualified team from Bradford Councils Building & Technical Services.

The key features of the loan are:

  • The maximum loan would be £30,000
  • This must all be paid back within 3 - 5 years
  • Schools are expected to contribute 50% of the overall cost which may be waived in exceptional circumstances e.g solar panel installation
  • All loans must be used for the installation of the energy saving measures
  • Loan repayments will include a small amount of interest  (currently less than 1%), but this could change as bank interest rates rise

 For full details see the School Energy Efficiency Loan Page

Renewable Energy

Many schools are turning to renewable energy to cut energy bills, by installing technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines, heat pumps and biomass boilers. Renewable energy will help reduce energy costs, benefit the environment by reducing carbon emissions and may even help generate an income.

Certain technologies are eligible for government incentives such as Feed in Tariffs or Renewable Heat Incentives.

All schools must inform ECCU of any renewable technologies they have installed.

Always contact the ECCU, Asset Management or Facilities Management before considering the installation of any Renewable Technology, as permission for such installations maybe required. ECCU can support your school in choosing the best technology to suit your building, assist with calculating payback timescales etc. SChools can fund such projects using the School Energy Efficiency Loan Fund.

Free Energy Audits & Advice

ECCU are able to offer your school free energy audits and advice on energy efficiency helping to reducing your schools energy costs further.

To request an energy audit email eccu@bradford,gov.uk

Display Energy Certificates (DECs)

Public buildings including schools over 500m2 must display a Display Energy Certificate prominently at all times.

DECs are designed to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings. They are based upon actual energy usage of a building and increase transparency about the energy efficiency of public buildings. The certificate looks similar to the energy labels provided on electrical appliances such as fridges and freezers – it uses a similar scale for energy efficiency, i.e. from A to G with A being the most efficient and G the least.

If you need advice regards obtaining a DEC please contact ECCU



Further information can be found in the attached factsheets.



Useful Websites

Teacher & educational resources:

Energy Saving advice:


Contact ECCU

If you require further information regarding the topics on this webpage or need advice on any matters regarding energy efficiency or utility bills please contact the team.

Email: eccu@bradford.gov.uk  Tel: 01274 434377


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