Norwich City Council will take the latest step towards reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030, as the installation of a renewable heating system at City Hall continues next week.
Work has been underway over the last few months to install an air source heat pump (ASHP) at City Hall, which will provide a source of renewable heat to the city council building.
The move will enable the council to save over 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, which is the equivalent of planting approximately 5000 trees.
Councillor Emma Hampton, cabinet member for climate change at Norwich City Council, said: “This is a crucial step as the council continues its progress towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
“We have already cut our emissions by over 70% since our 2008 baseline, and this will bring us even closer to our goal.”
The installation of the ASHP has been fully funded by a grant of £625,000 from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which provides funding to public sector organisations which will support the government’s national net zero of 2050.
The latest step in the process will require a crane to lift equipment onto the roof of City Hall on Monday 28 March.
Due to this, vehicles will not be able to access St Peters Street between roughly 07:00 and 18:00 that day, while pedestrian access may be limited too.
City Hall will still be accessible to people visiting for their Covid vaccinations and council business, but access points will be managed and supervised throughout the day.