A SCANDINAVIAN team has been visiting Durham County for creative energy-efficiency technologies.
The Swedish team toured owned and managed sites in Durham County Council to see innovative methods to eradicate energy in person.
The local government employs energy management software to track the use of utilities such as water, power, and gas on all channels on the internet. This enables efficiency.
With this process, the Council has identified waste easily and saved thousands of pounds to the electricity budgets.
The Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden learned of County Durham’s use of tech after reading an online article in which he was lauded as a model of good practice. The tour was arranged through the European Union’s Interreg Europe LOCAR BO project, where the Council is the UK’s principal representative.
LOCARBO is a global project that aims to increase businesses ‘ energy efficiency by sharing best practices and expertise, not only in Durham County but also in other countries across Europe.
The Swedish visitors were presented with an insight into how LOCARBO projects are reducing energy consumption and how carbon dioxide emissions are minimized.
Lena Eckerberg, the Agency’s development manager, said: “We wanted to visit Durham to look at the energy management tools highlighted as a very good example.”
Elias Kristmansson, from Borgholm, said: “Finding out how to communicate and visualize energy use was interesting. We picked up a lot of ideas in Durham, and in Borgholm introduced something similar.”
Helen Grayshan, who looks at the council’s Business Energy Efficiency Project, said: “We are pleased that partners in Europe have recognized our work in energy saving through careful monitoring and that we have been able to share our knowledge with them. We look forward to hearing about them having similar systems implemented in Sweden.