Three Rivers District Council has announced plans to reduce the emissions from its headquarters by 70 per cent.
The council has received a grant of £375,493 through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of its Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), delivered by Salix Finance. The scheme aims to put the public sector at the forefront of decarbonising buildings across the UK.
The council now plans to revamp Three Rivers House, in Rickmansworth, with improvements including an air source heat pump for heating and hot water, cavity wall insulation, new double glazing and an improved ventilation system.
Councillor Sarah Nelmes, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, said this is just one of the opportunities the council is looking into to reduce emissions.
She said: “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. It threatens our children’s health, our way of life and all our futures. That’s why we as a council are committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2030 for our own emissions and by 2045 for the district. And as a council we need to lead by example.
“So I am delighted that we have secured this funding to make vital changes to our own headquarters. This project alone will reduce our overall emissions by 6%. It is a huge challenge, but we are looking at every opportunity to reduce emissions in the most cost effective way.”