Nottingham City Council has become the first public sector organisation to join the Innovation Gateway initiative with a view to delivering cuts in carbon emissions, waste, and water use across its buildings. Set up by collaboration platform 2degrees, Innovation Gateway is a coalition of organisations that share knowledge and innovations to help reduce costs and environmental impacts from the built environment. Nottingham City Council joins the likes of Tesco, RBS, and Heathrow Airport as the latest member of the coalition and brings “invaluable experience” from the public sector, according to 2degrees. Wayne Bexton, head of energy projects at the council, explained that the authority was aiming to secure 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, and would be sharing best practice and results of its work towards this goal with other Innovation Gateway members. Through its Energy Projects Service, the council has previously spearheaded innovations such as solar powered car parks and battery storage to improve the energy efficiency of its offices, tenanted buildings and housing stock, which include more than 300 operational sites and over 1,000 buildings in its investment portfolio.
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