Councils invest in carbon saving

Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP)

Last year Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council made the move to their new shared offices at the Horizon Centre.

The two Councils have committed to being Net Zero by 2030 and the new building will help to reduce the Councils’ carbon footprint by an incredible 84%. As part of the Councils’ Public Sector Decarbonisation project, funded by a £2million grant from Salix, two new Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) have now been delivered to replace the old gas boilers. These new ASHPs will save approximately 50 tons of carbon a year which is the equivalent to driving 461,700km in a small car, or taking 775 flights from London to Manchester. The much lower running cost of the Horizon building have slashed the Councils’ expenses by £600,000 a year and the Horizon Centre’s 2,500 solar panels will help offset future energy price hikes.

These savings will help the two Councils to continue to offer the high standard of services that makes a real difference to their residents’ lives and at a time when all other bills are rising, help keep Council Tax as low as possible. The staggering 84% reduction in their carbon footprint will see the two councils shoot up the league of environmentally friendly councils.

Published: 8 February 2024