Work planned to cut carbon emissions at six council buildings in Northumberland

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

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 5:50 pm

Councillors have approved a grant award of more than £3m to install ground source heat pumps at council buildings across Northumberland

The work will help to tackle the climate emergency and make Northumberland a cleaner and greener county for everyone.

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.

Willowburn Leisure Centre in Alnwick.
Willowburn Leisure Centre in Alnwick.

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 Primary School.

Cllr Glen Sanderson, leader of Northumberland County Council, 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% of funding is granted by BEIS.

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