Sunday, 8 June 2008

SCHOOL FUEL POVERTY?

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sunday 8th June 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

SCHOOL FUEL POVERTY?

Schools are under serious financial pressure due to rising energy bills. Forecasts suggest gas prices may rise by about 43% over the next year and electricity by 21%(1). With schools under pressure to male one per cent efficiency savings each year despite rising energy bills, there is a danger of schools becoming impoverished under the impact of rising energy costs. Steve Dawe comments:

“It is possible for schools to get grants to improve energy efficiency through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme and other schemes(2). This serves the objectives of decreasing school energy bills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the same time.

“The Kent Energy Centre is conducting research to allow renewable energy use on school sites at present(3). The Carbon Trust also provides a guide to building energy efficiency in schools (4).

“No one wants Kent schools to have to choose between books or jobs and paying their energy bills. Since there is no realistic long-term prospect of a significant drop in oil or gas prices, as we appear to have reached the global peak of consumption of oil and gas(5), schools must adapt to higher energy costs through greater energy efficiency and use of renewable energy.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185, 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. The Observer 8th June 2008.
2. Low carbon building programme: http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk/home/ & Sustainable Development Grants list - from the Sustainable Development Unit of Defra
http://www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/advice/funding.htm & Greener Schools Support Network: http://www.thecei.org.uk/GreenerSchools/EnergyGrants.htm
3. SEE: http://www.cen.org.uk/renewable/consultancy_schools.asp
4. http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/publications/publicationdetail.htm?productid=CTV037
5. See the Association for the Study of Peak Oil for detailed assessment: http://www.peakoil.net/ or a report on this topic made to the US Government: Robert Hirsch, Roger Bedzek and Robert Wendling – Peaking of World Oil Production: impacts, mitigation and risk management: http://www.netl.doe.gov/publications/others/pdf/Oil_Peaking_NETL.pdf

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