Funding approved to reduce council's carbon emissions

Plans to reduce carbon emissions in council buildings have been approved.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 8:00 am
Council reducing carbon emissions at six of its buildings.

Councillors at Northumberland County Council have approved a grant of more than £3million to install ground source heat pumps at council buildings to make the county cleaner and greener.

The investment from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been granted through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund and will help the Council reach its goal to cut its own carbon emissions in half by 2025.

The works will be carried out at six sites including Willowburn Leisure Centre, Belford Fire Station, Swarland Primary School, Stannington First School, Stamfordham Primary School and Whittingham C of E School.

A council spokesperson said: “This funding will enable a reduction of 333 tonnes of carbon emissions per year from the point of installation. That’s the equivalent of planting almost 4,000 trees each year!

“As we have promised in our recent Climate Change Action Plan 2021-23, we are committed to leading the way in reducing emissions from our own estate by installing renewable heat and power solutions in our buildings, as well as assessing the carbon impact of all key policy decisions we make.

"Approval of these plans will help us in working towards our goal to halve the council’s carbon emissions by 2025.”

Installation of the six ground source heat pumps must be completed by end of September 2021 to ensure 100 per cent of funding is granted by BEIS.

To find out more, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/climatechange