National award for Council energy saving scheme
A pioneering council scheme, which is expected to save local
taxpayers more than £32,000 every year, has won a prestigious
A system called Evaporative Cooling has been fitted to the data
centre at Borough Hall and has been awarded the Best IT/E-Commerce
project at the Public Sector Sustainability Awards.
Councillor Shan Hunt, Executive Member for ICT, added: “I am
very pleased this scheme has received the national recognition it
deserves and it is an excellent endorsement of the work carried out
by officers to deliver real savings while keeping this vital
“I hope the success of this project will help us to investigate
and deliver similar projects at other council properties in the
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are working
hard to make a real difference in reducing the Council’s impact on
the environment, and it is great news that this excellent project
has been recognised nationally.
“The introduction of evaporative cooling at Borough Hall
provides real benefits by reducing our carbon emissions as well as
saving more than £32,000 every year in energy costs. Once again
this is a win-win situation; a win for the environment and a win
for the local taxpayer.”
A number of schemes and initiatives at Borough Hall have already
reduced the energy consumption. However, the Data Centre in Borough
Hall which houses the Council’s servers and communications systems
and requires constant cooling was a key area where savings could
still be made.
Evaporative Cooling involves pumping water from the mains supply
on to a number of evaporative pads. When the pads are saturated air
is drawn through them and the water evaporates. This makes the air
much cooler and it is then blown into the data centre through
This technology uses significantly less power than standard
air-condition units and is expected to save 274 tonnes of CO2 and
£32,400 in energy costs every year.