18th November 2018
Established 1872. Online since 1996.

Council staff to be trained to go green at work

2 comments, , by , in News

Shetland Islands Council will begin training its staff from June onwards in how to work in a more environmentally-friendly fashion.

Specific measures to address carbon consumption in the council’s buildings will also be introduced.

A report on how to assist carbon reduction by staff and within council buildings will go before councillors in May, adding to the carbon governance system approved in March.

The report will draw on a recent survey of SIC staff, which showed a widespread and deep awareness of the need to change attitudes and practices within the council, in order to reduce the carbon footprint.

SIC environment and energy services manager Jim Grant said: “We surveyed all council staff and had an encouraging level of returns. Staff have been reducing their own carbon consumption at home, have made changes in their lifestyle to do that, and have seen the advantages. Now they are keen to see the same thing happen within the council.”

The survey showed that staff felt there were various barriers to overcome before the SIC could become truly green. These included the poor quality of some of the buildings, time constraints, staff attitudes and management policy.

Mr Grant said: “There is a clear message from across the council that wasteful processes have been identified by people within their own service area, and that major savings could be achieved. A number of useful projects have been identified, and the environment and energy unit will provide support to staff and managers to tackle these – notably when it comes to re-using and sharing council assets.

“Some staff feel unable to change things on their own, but the further development of environment management and the implementation of a council-wide carbon reduction programme, will turn staff motivation to change things into empowered action. That will really accomplish something.”

Tags:

2 comments

  1. Maureen Bell

    … and what will this cost?

    Reply
  2. James Stewart

    If the council end up as a more efficient service as far as the usage of fuel and electricity, we’ll actually save money.

    Reply

Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to editorial@shetlandtimes.co.uk for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.