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West Suffolk Council's £1.8million environmental projects

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West Suffolk Council has revealed £1.8million worth of carbon cutting projects which are underway to save or offset a total of 124.95 tonnes of carbon emissions.

The council, which is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030, secured a £1.43million grant earlier this year from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and agreed to invest a further £370,000 in renewable energy technologies and energy saving measures at some of its key sites.

Cllr Sarah Broughton, cabinet member for resources and property, said: "We are investing in our properties – both those where council services are based and those that we own and lease to tenants.

West Suffolk House.
West Suffolk House.

"This will not only improve their environmental performance, but also deliver year on year financial savings which will help support both the ambitions and the day-to-day work of the council as we face the challenges ahead."

As part of its Climate Change Action Plan, the council's projects over the next month to deliver on these environmental improvements include:

  • 335 solar panels to be installed at Vicon House in Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, saving 45 tonnes of carbon emissions per year
  • 128 solar panels to be installed at Provincial House in High Street, Haverhill, saving 17 tonnes of carbon emissions per year
  • 256 additional solar panels to be installed at Mildenhall Hub in Sheldrick Way, saving an additional 35 tonnes of carbon emissions per year
  • A battery energy storage system at West Suffolk House in Bury St Edmunds which take the excess electricity generated from existing solar panels at the council building and uses it to supply power during peak demand. This will save at least nine tonnes of carbon emissions
  • Air source heat pumps to replace gas boilers at Bury St Edmunds Bus Station and Nowton Park Visitor Centre saving three tonnes of carbon emissions per year
  • New glazing at Provincial House, Haverhill to reduce heat loss, saving 8.65 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

The measures will eventually deliver financial savings as well with around £80,000 a year expected to be saved.

Cllr Andy Drummond, cabinet member for regulatory and environment, said: We are committed to tackling climate change here in West Suffolk. As part of our action plan, we are investing in renewable energy and other energy saving measures at sites we own across the district.

This is on top of the work we have already done to invest in renewable energy including one of the largest council owned solar farms in the UK, some 50 electric vehicle charging points with more planned across the district, plus using a green energy supplier for all of our electricity across all of our office sites.

"This is about investing in all of our futures, for our residents, our businesses and for a cleaner tomorrow.”

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