A Scandinavian delegation has visited County Durham to learn about pioneering energy efficiency techniques.
A team from Sweden has visited sites owned and managed by Durham County Council to see first-hand the innovative software it employs to reduce energy use, and is now promising to roll out some of what it learnt back home.
The local authority uses energy management software to monitor, online, usage of utilities like water, electricity and gas across its sites.
This process has allowed the council to easily identify waste and save thousands of pounds in energy bills.
The Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden learnt of County Durham’s trailblazing use of the software after reading an online article in which it was hailed as an example of good practice.
The team was so impressed it arranged a visit to learn more.
The visit was arranged through the European Union’s Interreg Europe LOCARBO project, in which the council is the UK’s sole partner.
LOCARBO is a partnership programme which seeks to improve the energy efficiency of businesses in not just County Durham but Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania and Portugal by exchanging best practice and experience.