Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Environment Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 3rd August, 2009
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mrs Maureen Rigg (Chairman), Cllr Dick Cains, Cllr Roy Rix, Cllr Michael Smith, Cllr Mick Womphrey
Officers:
I Miles (Xentrall), I Ithurralde (CESC), M Chicken, Gordon Mallory (DNS), G Birtle and Mrs T Harrison (LD)
In Attendance:
No other person's were present
Apologies for absence:
Cllr John Gardner, Cllr Andrew Larkin, Cllr Mick Stoker, Cllr Bill Woodhead and Mrs A Warburton (ICT Support Team Leader, Education Establishment)
Item Description Decision
Public
ENV
19/09
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
ENV
20/09
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 13TH JULY 2009
CONCLUDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2009 be approved and forwarded to Council for consideration upon the removal of 'squared' from the minutes.
ENV
21/09
REVIEW OF CARBON MANAGEMENT
CONCLUDED that the presentation be noted.
ENV
22/09
WORK PROGRAMME
CONCLUDED that Members review their notes and attend the next meeting with recommendations.
ENV
23/09
CHAIRS UPDATE
The Chair had nothing to report.
2.00 - 4.15pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
ENV
20/09
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2009.
ENV
21/09
Members were provided with a presentation identifying the energy consumption and carbon footprint related to Information Technology within Schools and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Offices.

Members were advised that the purchase of energy efficient equipment was a positive step, however educating users to change behaviour/habits could provide a significant savings for very little financial outlay; such as removal of screen savers which used increased energy and turning off monitors. The most effective reduction of carbon emissions was to not print. Maximising the effects of servers, using energy efficient equipment, video conferencing, electronic agendas and virtual classrooms were also effective ways to increase carbon efficiency.

Officers advised that there were four main components to reducing carbon emissions related to Information Technology and its uses, which were:-
-Planning and Procurement
-Disposal of Equipment
-Policy and Procedures
-Education

It was identified that a Policy and Practice needed to be developed. Becta would be publishing guidance on saving power and recycling components.

Members were given further information/clarification of 'Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment'(BREEAM)
ENV
22/09
Members were advised that the next meeting (24th August 2009) would be for the formulation of recommendations.

The Chair requested that Members looked back at their notes to provide contribution of recommendations.

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