Greater Manchester will receive £78.2 m to ‘decarbonise’ a number of public and council-owned buildings. Energy efficiency upgrades will be made to more than 150 public buildings and council-owned leisure centres as part of a project to make the city-region carbon neutral. The funding will be provided as part of the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. £19.1 m of the funding, the largest council allocation, will be used to retrofit 11 leisure buildings with energy saving measures, such as renewable energy generation, LED lighting and switching heating systems from gas to electricity. The upgrades will collectively save an estimated 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year and is expected to make up for 40 pc of the target energy saving for council-owned buildings by 2025. The council-owned buildings include Manchester Aquatics Centre, the National Cycling Centre and the Moss Side Leisure Centre. Wythenshawe Forum, the Zion Arts Centre in Hulme and The Sharp Project in Newton Heath are also among the council buildings to be made more energy-efficient.
Manchester Evening News 18th March 2021 read more »