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1. Councils are increasingly seen as custodians of the local environment and are expected to keep it clean, healthy and attractive. Residents want well maintained parks, natural open spaces and preservation of local heritage to give them a sense of getting VfM as council tax payers. This also means that when your Council decides to invest in the local environment - your CMT have to be able to demonstrate VfM. I’m going to give you a few examples of how HPBC have adopted the principles of EEE in our approach to dealing with environmental issues. The examples cut across the 4 main themes of the toolkit (p; sys; as; proc) and demonstrate the benefit of linking these together to achieve VfM Probably the most useful for us is the use of a system… Councils are increasingly seen as custodians of the local environment and are expected to keep it clean, healthy and attractive. Residents want well maintained parks, natural open spaces and preservation of local heritage to give them a sense of getting VfM as council tax payers. This also means that when your Council decides to invest in the local environment - your CMT have to be able to demonstrate VfM. I’m going to give you a few examples of how HPBC have adopted the principles of EEE in our approach to dealing with environmental issues. The examples cut across the 4 main themes of the toolkit (p; sys; as; proc) and demonstrate the benefit of linking these together to achieve VfM Probably the most useful for us is the use of a system…

2. The system around which we operate is know as EMAS – EMAS follows the approach of any management system such as the quality system ISO9000. EMAS aims to deliver policy ambitions and helps us to set clear objectives; focus upon priority issues; measure; audit and report our progress. EMAS goes beyond benchmarking in that it drives a process of continual improvement. We have run EMAS for 7 years - are registered 99th in the UK and one of about 20 councils The cornerstone of EMAS is our environmental policy The system around which we operate is know as EMAS – EMAS follows the approach of any management system such as the quality system ISO9000. EMAS aims to deliver policy ambitions and helps us to set clear objectives; focus upon priority issues; measure; audit and report our progress. EMAS goes beyond benchmarking in that it drives a process of continual improvement. We have run EMAS for 7 years - are registered 99th in the UK and one of about 20 councils The cornerstone of EMAS is our environmental policy

3. My aim is to simplify the policy into 4 main aims: 1st aim - note the new DEFRA CAA PI’s on mitigation and adaptation 2nd aim – complements the IDeA def. of VfM – combination of whole-life costs and benefits 3rd aim – satisfies the needs of our customers – the community 4th aim - compliance with legislation is a business and environmental risk issue A policy is just fine words without action – our actions are embedded in the business planning process I’m going to give you some examples around these policy aims My aim is to simplify the policy into 4 main aims: 1st aim - note the new DEFRA CAA PI’s on mitigation and adaptation 2nd aim – complements the IDeA def. of VfM – combination of whole-life costs and benefits 3rd aim – satisfies the needs of our customers – the community 4th aim - compliance with legislation is a business and environmental risk issue A policy is just fine words without action – our actions are embedded in the business planning process I’m going to give you some examples around these policy aims

4. Operate an invest to save scheme – 80k (40/40) Salix and HPBC Improved heating controls, pool covers, lighting upgrades, insulation in plant rooms etc – no small scale renewables yet as they don’t prove VfM until we’ve completed all of the basic efficiency measures. Half hourly energy metering going in all buildings (STARK) – if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it – duty under the energy performance in buildings directive Safer And Fuel Efficient Driver (SAFED) training – improved routing using telemetry and work allocation – tried LPG and bio-diesel but not effective enough. Note £18k per month business mileage costs Working in partnership with the EEAC and DDDC to tackle shared priorities All of these initiatives will support the new NI 185,186 and 187 fuel poverty 188 Climate ? issues will be picked up during annual env. review for EMAS Operate an invest to save scheme – 80k (40/40) Salix and HPBC Improved heating controls, pool covers, lighting upgrades, insulation in plant rooms etc – no small scale renewables yet as they don’t prove VfM until we’ve completed all of the basic efficiency measures. Half hourly energy metering going in all buildings (STARK) – if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it – duty under the energy performance in buildings directive Safer And Fuel Efficient Driver (SAFED) training – improved routing using telemetry and work allocation – tried LPG and bio-diesel but not effective enough. Note £18k per month business mileage costs Working in partnership with the EEAC and DDDC to tackle shared priorities All of these initiatives will support the new NI 185,186 and 187 fuel poverty 188 Climate ? issues will be picked up during annual env. review for EMAS

5. Involving staff in a bright ideas scheme – engaging staff with rewards for cost effective ideas Recycled 47 tonnes of paper, card and other recyclables in 2006/2007 at a cost of about £1500 - cheaper than landfill and helps staff to continue good practice at home Reusing and refurbishing old IT equipment for after school clubs – specifying energy efficient IT equipment (see DEFRA quick wins 2007) – using ICT to reduce travel time between sites (staff and residents) & extend home working Reusing building materials such as local stone and slate as part of renovation and demolition contracts Integrating environmental standards into contract specifications and tendering process to consider whole life costs for service providers and customers Involving staff in a bright ideas scheme – engaging staff with rewards for cost effective ideas Recycled 47 tonnes of paper, card and other recyclables in 2006/2007 at a cost of about £1500 - cheaper than landfill and helps staff to continue good practice at home Reusing and refurbishing old IT equipment for after school clubs – specifying energy efficient IT equipment (see DEFRA quick wins 2007) – using ICT to reduce travel time between sites (staff and residents) & extend home working Reusing building materials such as local stone and slate as part of renovation and demolition contracts Integrating environmental standards into contract specifications and tendering process to consider whole life costs for service providers and customers

6. 3 green flags in our main parks – provides evidence of efficient use of resources and involvement of locals in ‘friend of parks’ groups – saving staff costs and increasing pride and ownership of local assets. Putting sustainability at the heart of our local development framework – ensuring that development meets the aspirations of our residents and that the council achieves sustainability objectives through sec 106 agreements. Working in partnership with DDDC to deliver a joint housing strategy including a shared affordable warmth strategy. 3 green flags in our main parks – provides evidence of efficient use of resources and involvement of locals in ‘friend of parks’ groups – saving staff costs and increasing pride and ownership of local assets. Putting sustainability at the heart of our local development framework – ensuring that development meets the aspirations of our residents and that the council achieves sustainability objectives through sec 106 agreements. Working in partnership with DDDC to deliver a joint housing strategy including a shared affordable warmth strategy.

7. Ensure that the audit process is a positive experience and one that leads to improvement and efficiency savings – often a fresh set of eyes can see ways to improve the way we do things e.g. system or operational improvements Staff training is an obvious ‘stitch in time saves nine’ approach to risk reduction Keeping on top of changes gives you a chance to react to them… Ensure that the audit process is a positive experience and one that leads to improvement and efficiency savings – often a fresh set of eyes can see ways to improve the way we do things e.g. system or operational improvements Staff training is an obvious ‘stitch in time saves nine’ approach to risk reduction Keeping on top of changes gives you a chance to react to them…

8. I just want to consider three VfM drivers of change in this area: 15% of our councils’ annual expenditure on energy/water/transport and waste More and more opportunities and need for partnership working to achieve economies of scale and to help meet challenging new objectives Reputation is sometimes the only way that you are assessed by your customers A final slide to plug a Beacon toolkit that we’ve been involved in developing to help with those new NI targets I just want to consider three VfM drivers of change in this area: 15% of our councils’ annual expenditure on energy/water/transport and waste More and more opportunities and need for partnership working to achieve economies of scale and to help meet challenging new objectives Reputation is sometimes the only way that you are assessed by your customers A final slide to plug a Beacon toolkit that we’ve been involved in developing to help with those new NI targets

9. Show toolkit 7 Beacon councils A sustainable energy benchmark and toolkit – your CEO has received a copy Aims to help you identify areas for improvement and provide you with resources to tackle the problems Much like your toolkit which I would recommend as a way to get started on delivering VfM I have about 10 copies with me if you could see me afterwards thanksShow toolkit 7 Beacon councils A sustainable energy benchmark and toolkit – your CEO has received a copy Aims to help you identify areas for improvement and provide you with resources to tackle the problems Much like your toolkit which I would recommend as a way to get started on delivering VfM I have about 10 copies with me if you could see me afterwards thanks

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