Norwich City Council will take the final step towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 as the installation of a renewable heating system at City Hall continues next week.
Work has been underway for a few months to install an air-source heat pump (ASHP) at City Hall, which will provide a renewable heat source for the City Council building.
This decision will save the council more than 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, which is equivalent to planting around 5,000 trees.
Councilor Emma Hampton, a cabinet member responsible for climate change at Norwich City Council, said: ‘This is a crucial step as council continues its progress towards the net zero carbon emissions target of here 2030.
“We have already reduced our emissions by more than 70% since our 2008 baseline, and this will bring us even closer to our goal.”
The ASHP facility was fully funded by a £625,000 grant from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Programme, which provides funding to public sector organizations that will support the government’s national net zero of 2050.
The final stage of the process will require a crane to lift the equipment onto the roof of City Hall on Monday, March 28.
For this reason, vehicles will not be able to access St Peters Street between approximately 07:00 and 18:00 on that day, while pedestrian access may also be restricted.
City Hall will still be accessible to people visiting for their Covid vaccinations and Town Hall business, but access points will be managed and monitored throughout the day.