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Hyndburn Leisure Centre cuts carbon emissions by 74% with £2 million eco grant

Hyndburn Leisure has announced an ambitious action plan to cut carbon emissions by 74% with a complete energy infrastructure transformation of its Church-based facility.

The work, will see outdated gas central heating replaced with clean air source heat pump technology, solar panels and efficient ventilation systems installed and measures including 2 x Air source heat pumps to replace the primary heating source of Gas-powered Boilers, metering and monitoring systems, are all taking place with minimal disruption to services.

Hyndburn Leisure’s CEO, Lyndsey Sims, said, “At the Leisure Trust, we’re passionate about improving our local community. When Hyndburn Borough Council announced a climate emergency in 2019, we knew we had to act. Climate change is a devastating threat, and that’s true at both a local and global level. We all have a responsibility to stop it in its tracks.”

“The improvements won’t just save power, they’ll also help cut our running costs – allowing us to continue to deliver on value and positive health outcomes for service users as we face the current energy crisis.” Construction specialists ISG have been engaged to carry out the works, including installing the cutting-edge air source heat pumps and 652 solar panels.  Geoff Howe, Senior Site Manager for the project, said, “We’re passionate about transforming community leisure because we recognise the pivotal role these facilities play in securing positive outcomes for individuals and broader society.”

“Of course, this work will bring about significant environmental benefits, but also economic and social benefits through engaging the local community as much as we can in the project. There’ll be regular updates, opportunities to meet the team and learn more about the changes we’re making.” Hyndburn Leisure Centre’s existing energy infrastructure was significantly outdated, but the £2 million grant awarded by the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme will bring the facility into a sustainable, 21st century world.

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