£12m energy boost for Council buildings
London Fields Lido, Clissold Leisure Centre and Stoke Newington Town Hall and Library are among nine Council buildings that will have much of their heating provided by environmentally-friendly heat pumps after a successful Hackney £12m bid to a Government-backed fund.
The move will help the Council reach its net zero target - the point at which it no longer contributes to climate change - by 2030.
Also benefiting are another leisure centre, an office building and three schools.
At London Fields Lido, a new ground source heat pump will extract heat from the ground to help heat its outdoor pool, ending the use of gas boilers at the much-loved local facility.
The project will save 1,517 tonnes of CO2 each year, equivalent to more than 750 hot air balloons and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
We’re ambitious about the journey to net zero - because it helps tackle the climate crisis, reduces energy bills and helps create green jobs locally.
It’s great news that we were able to successfully secure this funding to help reduce the impact of some of our most energy-intensive buildings and reduce our use of gas to heat these buildings - a key aim of our draft Climate Action Plan.
The work to the buildings is scheduled to be carried out in 2023 and 2024, with every effort made to minimise impact on the people using each building.
The news follows the announcement that the Council has secured £4.5 million from the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund - which the Council will match-fund with its own £4.5m investment - to support its ambitious plans to retrofit more than 700 Hackney Council homes to make them more energy efficient.