Increased Sustainability Could Save Wakefield Millions

The Wakefield Sustainability Guide, produced by the Wakefield Sustainability Group highlights the Leeds City Region Mini-Stern Review report that has forecast that Wakefield could save £133M on its annual energy bill by reducing carbon emissions by just 12.6% by 2022.

The Wakefield District Sustainability Guide 2014 highlights some of the excellent sustainability work being delivered across the district and discusses what more can be done.

Wakefield is aiming to lead the way in delivering sustainability with a series of high profile projects.

Wakefield Sustainability Group member, WDH, prides itself on being at the forefront of the housing industry’s sustainability efforts – Park Dale is one of the UK’s largest zero carbon development with 91 homes built to level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Home Index.

Groundwork is coordinating a £4.6M project to transform Wakefield Kirkgate Station into a sustainable transport hub. The Ferrybridge Multifuel Project is another major sustainability venture in the district which will use processed waste material to fuel the plant’s boilers.

The Guide highlights that Wakefield has an energy bill of £651M per year and is forecast to grow to £859M by 2022. However with a £555M investment in all cost effective carbon reduction activity, Wakefield could reduce its carbon emissions by 12.6% by 2022. The effect of this saving would be an annual energy bill saving of £133M.

There are many benefits for business becoming more sustainable including an increase in productivity, improved working conditions, improved attraction and retention of staff and improved financial investment opportunities. To read the full report please click here