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Hertfordshire County Council ramps up decarbonisation plan for its buildings

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Hertfordshire County Council is ramping up its green programme to reduce the energy it uses at 112 of its sites and cut the carbon they emit.

The strategy is part of the authority's target to become a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030.

Works have been taking place since May 2021 to install cavity wall insulation and double glazing. Modern air source heat pumps have been introduced at nine sites to enable them to be heated without burning fossil fuels.

Solar panels have been installed at 92 sites so the council can generate its own clean, renewable energy. Surplus electricity produced by these panels can be fed back to the grid to be used elsewhere.

The council estimates these measures will result in a reduction of 1,653 tonnes of carbon a year, equivalent to over 8.4 million miles driven in a typical petrol car or the total annual energy usage of over 400 homes.

In preparation for future energy efficiency works, the council has commissioned 318 heat decarbonisation plans for schools, outlining the key steps needed to make their buildings carbon neutral.

Herts County Council is increeasing its use of solar energy (56700304)
Herts County Council is increeasing its use of solar energy (56700304)

Sawbridgeworth's Cllr Eric Buckmaster, the county council's executive member for the environment, said: "We have committed to becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 and reducing the amount of energy we use in our buildings will be vital in our efforts to achieve this.

"We also expect that these measures will reduce the economic pressures on the council caused by increasing energy costs.

“We will continue to identify opportunities to decarbonise our buildings as set out in our Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy as we work to deliver a cleaner, greener, healthier Hertfordshire.”

The works have been completed using money from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund – created by the Government to enable councils and other public sector organisations to improve their energy efficiency and reduce the amount of carbon they produce – and the Sustainable Hertfordshire Fund.

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