Council awarded £1.7m to support climate action commitments

Recognising its commitment to reduce carbon emissions across the borough, the council has been awarded a government grant of £1.7m to slash carbon-based fuel at its most popular public sites.

Decarbonisation grant

Welwyn Hatfield's successful application to the government's Public Sector Decarbonisation Grant Scheme will allow significant and transformative works to be carried out at two of the borough's entertainment and leisure venues - Campus West and Hatfield Swim Centre.

On the Campus West site, the gas-fired boilers are one of the main sources of energy consumption and carbon emission. The grant of £998,910 will enable the replacement of the gas-fired boilers with a combined ASHP (Air Source Heat Pump) and WSHP (Water Source Heat Pump) primary plant system. The high efficiency of heat pumps will lead to energy savings and reduce the energy consumption of the primary heating plant. In addition, the fuel source for the primary plant will be changed from gas to electricity which will significantly reduce carbon emissions and have a considerable impact on the decarbonisation of the site.

Replacement of gas-fired boilers with more energy efficient systems will also take place at Hatfield Swim Centre. The grant for this work totals £733,867.00.

The schemes across both sites, supported by renewable energy, will achieve a reduction in energy usage of 80% and a combined reduction of 400 tonnes in Co2 emissions per year.

These practical steps are part of the council's pledge to reach its goal of net zero emissions by 2030.  To do this it will also promote energy efficiency measures, champion sustainable construction, use renewable energy where it can, encourage sustainable transport, and promote, support and encourage changes to the way we think about energy use.

Executive Member for Climate Change at Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Fiona Thomson, said:

Our commitment to tackling climate change in practical ways is evidenced by these building modernisations and they will go a long way towards our ultimate target of net zero transmissions by 2030. We hope that this will be the first of many improvements that we will be making across Welwyn Hatfield and I look forward to seeing the building works under way.

Executive Member for Resources at Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Duncan Bell, said:

To receive this government funding to allow us to carry out significant building works to decarbonise our buildings is great news and we are grateful to the Secretary of State. These energy efficiency upgrades and improvements at two of our most popular sites will make a significant contribution in reaching our climate change objectives.

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Grant Scheme is run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The council's full Climate Change Strategy can be found here Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council - Preface (welhat.gov.uk)