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Sheffield makes an annual saving of 21,000 tonnes of carbon emissions

Sheffield has one of the largest district energy networks in the UK, feeding leisure facilities, council buildings, universities and homes.

Woking uses CHP to make major cuts in carbon emissions

Woking's town centre combined heat and power (CHP) project serves a mixture of public buildings and homes. It is a key part of the council's climate change measures.

Wind turbines

This section explains how energy is generated from the wind and how to identify opportunities to do this in your local area.

Suffolk’s Wood Fuel Programme

As part of its bid to become the greenest county, Suffolk County Council has installed 20 wood-fired boilers in schools and offices. Its Wood Fuels programme now produces a total heat output of 3.2 megawatts (MW) at a saving of about 420 tonnes of CO2 each year. And the local biomass industry has created about 40 jobs.

Sustainable Hockerton

A village community group has shown that wind turbines don't necessarily need grant funding to get up and running.

Funding the move to anaerobic digestion

Newcastle Borough Council wanted to increase recycling targets due to rising landfill costs. But with cash in short supply, funding the move to anaerobic digestion promised to be a challenge. Now the council collects between 70 and 80 tonnes of food waste from all 54,000 households in Newcastle under Lyme every week.

Islington heats up a borough-wide network

Islington Council aims to set up a borough-wide heat network that could potentially reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent.

Okehampton College sees the light

Okehampton College is a state-funded Technology College and Applied Learning Centre with 1,500 pupils. With support from Devon County Council, the college installed 30kW of photovoltaic panels and halved its annual electricity bill.

Barnsley sets off biomass boilers

In 2004, Barnsley Metropolitan Council made a commitment to consider biomass heating systems for all new and refurbished buildings.

South Wheatley wind turbine project

A Cornwall hamlet has found great support for their wind turbine project despite earlier plans for a larger parish turbine being scrapped due to opposition from a local vociferous minority.