Energy Efficiency (Carbon Footprint)

Part of the Climate Emergency is to reduce Waltham Forest Borough’s CO2 emissions. Schools can play a crucial part in this by investing in Low and Zero Carbon Technologies (LZC), as well as raising staff and pupil awareness about CO2 emissions, energy and costings.

Waltham Forest’s Energy Team can help Schools in many ways, such as: energy audits and action plans; advice and assistance with external funding (i.e. SALIX) to invest in Low and Zero Carbon Technologies; planning sustainability sessions for KS1, KS2 and KS3; energy policy workshops and staff awareness for senior managers; support and procurement advice for energy contracts; undertake checking of invoices for accuracy and quarterly reporting of utility use against benchmarks; monitoring School’s energy consumption through Council’s “Systems Link” energy manager software; renewal of statutory Display Energy Certificate (DEC) Assessment for buildings more than 250 metres squared in floor areas.


The basic package starts from £268. It is free for local authority maintained schools. 

SALIX Finance

SALIX provides funding to allow a school to switch to energy efficient lighting and equipment; this includes items such as, dishwashers, boilers, cooler, hand dryers etc. Salix provides funding for schools to improve their energy efficiency. Through the installation of energy-efficient technologies, schools can lower energy bills and create a more comfortable learning environment. For more information, click here.  

For more information on how to subscribe to this service, please email or call 020 8496 6752.

  • Success Stories

    • Energy audit surveys from 2019-20, on Schools using LZC, show an average annual forecast cost savings of 31% at £12k. Furthermore, 43 tonnes of CO2 was saved (per school); this equated to 26% reduction in carbon emissions for those schools.
    • The team helped 28 schools complete their renewals of Display Energy Certificate assessment.
    • Schools benefited from lower-than-market-average energy rates through LASER and water rate from WAVE. LASER has achieved 4.8% and 3.9% below market average for electricity and gas prices respectively (based on a Value for Money assessment carried out by London Energy Project [LEP] during the period of 2016-2019).
Last update: Friday 25th of September 2020 10:22:43 AM