Bassetlaw District Council has been awarded almost £320,000 that will help to reduce the authority’s carbon emissions and contribute to the UK’s ambition to be ‘Net Zero’ by 2050.
The Council was successful in securing £319,722 as part of a highly competitive bid to the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which provides grants for public sector bodies to fund heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures.
The funding is being used to replace an outdated heating system and install energy efficiency measures at Kilton Forest Golf Course’s clubhouse, which will see its carbon emissions reduced by more than 70% and avoid creating over 43 tonnes of CO2eq emissions a year.
Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said:
“The Council is committed to contributing to the UK’s ambition of being Net Zero by 2050 and is excited about delivering some major improvements to one of our highly popular and well used buildings.
“While Kilton Forest is not the largest of the Council’s emissions, it is one of the worst emitting systems in the Council’s assets and is a significant step forward in our ambition to reduce Carbon emissions across all of our buildings.
“This project is just one of a number of schemes the Council is exploring in a bid to reduce its carbon emissions and contribute to tackling climate change globally.”
The upgrades and installations at Kilton Forest are being carried out by Nottinghamshire based Woodhead Group.
Chief Visionary Officer, Glenn Slater, said: “The climate emergency is very much top of the agenda now for the whole of the construction sector. This year we launched our Climate Action Framework laying out our roadmap to a low carbon future. The biggest challenge we face as a sector is how to retrofit and decarbonise the existing built environment, so it fantastic to be helping Bassetlaw District Council on this journey.”
Kilton Forest Golf Course and the Clubhouse is operated by the Council’s leisure provider, Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL). Glyn Davis, Contracts Manager for BPL, added: “As the leisure operator we remain committed to working in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council to reduce our carbon footprint. We’d like to thank our customers for their continued support while these works are taking place.”
Just some of the upgrades include:
• Replacing an oil-fired boiler with an air source heat pump and installing new fan-convection radiators.
• Improving the building fabric, windows and insulation to increase energy efficiency.
• Installing solar panels to help reduce electricity consumption.
• Updating all lighting with LED bulbs
• Installing controls to remotely manage the heating system and monitor usage