A Delegation from SCANDINAVIAN has toured Durham County for innovative technologies in the area of energy efficiency.
The Swedish team visited Durham County Council owned and managed locations to see groundbreaking tools for the elimination of electricity in person.
To monitor the internet use of services such as water, electricity, and gas on all platforms, the local government hires energy management tools.
The Council has easily identified waste and saved thousands of pounds to electricity budgets with this process.
Upon reading an article online in which he was lauded as a model of good practice, the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden heard of County Durham’s use of tech. The tour was organized through the Interreg Europe LOCAR BO initiative of the European Union, where the Council is the main representative of the United Kingdom.
LOCARBO is a collaboration initiative that aims at increasing the energy efficiency of companies by exchanging best practice and knowledge, not only in County Durham but also in other countries around Europe.
The Swedish tourists were presented with an insight into how energy consumption is minimized and how carbon dioxide production is reduced by LOCARBO ventures.
Lena Eckerberg, development manager at the agency, stated: “We chose to visit Durham and look at the energy management software which has been highlighted as a very good example.”
Elias Kristmansson, from Borgholm, told: “It was interesting to find out how to communicate and visualize energy use. We picked up a lot of ideas in Durham and introduce something similar in Borgholm.”
Helen Grayshan, who looks over the Business Energy Efficiency Project of the council, said: “We’re pleased that our work in saving energy through careful monitoring has been recognized by partners in Europe and that we were able to share our knowledge with them. We look forward to hearing about them implementing similar systems in Sweden.”