Leisure Centre in Morecambe on the way to carbon neutrality

Leisure Centre in Morecambe on the way to carbon neutrality

Salt Ayre Leisure Centre is on the way to becoming carbon neutral after replacing its gas boilers with a two-stage heat pump system, external LED lighting and upgraded glazing to reduce energy consumption.

Using £6.8m in funding from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, Lancaster City Council has also built a solar farm on the adjacent disused landfill site at Salt Ayre to generate electricity, which will then be provided to the leisure centre using a direct wire.

In addition to the work at Salt Ayre, around £1 million from the PSDS is to be spent on improving the energy efficiency of Lancaster City Council's buildings.

Kevin Frea, deputy leader and cabinet member with responsibility for climate action, said: “As the biggest emitter of CO2 of all the council’s buildings it was vital that we tackled Salt Ayre as a priority and I’m delighted to see the project come to fruition.

“Along with the other projects we have in the pipeline, this scheme will go a long way in helping us meet our ambition of becoming net zero carbon by 2030.”

The council has also committed itself to decarbonising its vehicle fleet by 2030.

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