The National Ice Centre has achieved its lowest energy usage ever in 2016/17 thanks to staff ‘thinking green’.
Despite one of the busiest years on record, the venue significantly reduced energy usage (electricity, water, heat and gas) between April 2016 and March 2017!
Lee Chadburn, Facilities Manager at the National Ice Centre and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham said: “We set ourselves a target to reduce energy usage by 9% compared with the previous year, a year which was already our best in terms of energy reduction. We exceeded the target and saved thousands of pounds and kilowatts. When you consider that we’re the busiest we ever have been with shows and skating events, this is an extraordinary achievement. The staff have made an incredible effort; using the stairs instead of the lift, reporting dripping taps, closing doors, turning lights off, and even printing documents on both sides of paper! All of these small things make, and have made a huge difference resulting in the lowest energy rates.”
The news comes as the NIC prepares to participate in Earth Day 2017. Taking place on Saturday 22 April, Earth Day 2017’s campaign is to raise awareness and empower everyone with the knowledge of environmental protection.
On Saturday the 22nd April, the NIC generated all its energy from the sun for one hour via solar panels – the average energy used in one hour on a Saturday at the venue is 500 KWh, this is equivalent to 40 hairdryers being used for 30 minutes every day for a whole year!
An ice skating discount was offered on the day to customers who travelled to the venue via environmentally friendly means such as public transport or on foot!