Energy management

What the council are doing about improving energy efficiency and reducing fuel poverty, carbon targets, and energy projects.

What energy do we manage?

We manage all energy consumption for land and buildings utilised by the council which includes electricity, gas, LPG, oil and energy from renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. We also manage water consumption.

This is to ensure efficient procurement and target areas for investment in order to reduce long term costs, meet corporate targets and achieve national performance indicators.

View the list of types of buildings the council manages and does not manage:

Council building types (pdf 77kb)

View the report that outlines the total greenhouse gas emissions from council activities during 2010/11 to 2015/16 financial years:

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Summary (pdf 137kb)

What are we doing about improving energy efficiency and reducing fuel poverty?

Fuel poverty and poor energy efficiency in houses is a significant issue in the East Riding and considerable progress has been made in addressing these issues. We are currently developing approaches focussing on improving the quality of life for local people, particularly contributing towards reducing fuel poverty, improving energy efficiency and tackling climate change.

In 2012 a new Affordable Warmth Strategy was produced that sets out our approach for tackling such issues and how we intend to work with our partners.

More information on other related topics can be found under sustainable development.

A range of policy and strategy documents is published by the department, some of which are chargeable. View the price list of documents and charges:

Price list of published policy and strategy documents (pdf 118kb)

Requests for publications should be directed to the asset strategy admin support team by using the enquiry form on the right hand side of this page.

What are our carbon reduction targets?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change fifth assessment Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2014 stated the following:

"Warming of the climate system is unequivocal" and "human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history."

The Climate Change Act commits the UK government by law to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050 with a set of legally binding 'carbon budgets' to act as stepping stones towards this 2050 target.

We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and, in recognition of this, in 2021we declared a climate emergency. The Carbon & Energy Management Strategy (CEMS) produced by the Asset Strategy department analyses the current context for this agenda, outlines our carbon reduction targets and makes recommendations to ensure we meet them. It has been developed to understand our carbon emissions, energy consumption and energy costs as part of a commitment to improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon and contributing to sustainable development.

We are committed to aligning its interventions with those at national level. This means aiming to reduce carbon emissions in line with the national target of Net Zero by 2050:

Carbon and Energy Management Strategy (pdf 4.3mb)

If you wish to contact us about our CEMS, please email

What energy projects are currently live?

We are currently looking at district energy schemes in various locations, including Beverley, Bridlington and Goole. The purpose of these is to decarbonise heat, reduce carbon emissions and reduce energy costs to connected customers.

A planning application for the Beverley district energy project is to be submitted soon following pre-planning consultations with members of the public and Ward Councillors:

Beverley district energy project pre-planning consultation presentation (pdf 1.9mb)

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