New report outlines energy efficiency measures for council buildings
Lancaster City Council has received a comprehensive report on the work that will be needed to make 18 of its buildings carbon neutral by 2030 as part of the battle against climate change.
The council declared a Climate Emergency in January 2019 and has been taking action to increase energy efficiency and reduce its carbon emissions.
In the latest move, the council commissioned Buro Happold Ltd, a leading engineering consultancy, to investigate a wide-ranging set of options for decarbonising 18 of its buildings.
The report, which has just been published, recommends a set of detailed, practical, and deliverable plans to help the council achieve its ambitions.
The resulting action plan will guide and structure future investment in the council’s buildings and includes a set of short, medium, and long-term actions.
These include, depending on the building, the installation of ground or air sourced heat pumps, solar PV and building fabric upgrades.
Funding for the report was made available by a £150,000 grant from BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy).
Councillor Kevin Frea, cabinet member with responsibility for climate action, said: “The council’s older buildings are among the most energy inefficient and it’s fantastic to see progress is being made to upgrade these sites to make them more energy efficient.
“The action plan will require significant investment and we are actively exploring a number of external funding streams.“
The total cost of all the works identified in the report is estimated at £15million, of which £1million has already been secured through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS). Opportunities to bid for external funding are in the process of being identified.
It’s estimated that upgrading the buildings will remove 1,713 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year by 2030, the equivalent annual CO2 emissions of 535 average homes.
The full report, along with other action the council is taking to reduced CO2 emissions, is available on the council’s website at Lancaster.gov.uk/climate-emergency.
Last updated: 21 April 2022