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Merthyr Tydfil: Energy saving project

Merthyr Tydfil: Energy saving project

Merthyr Tydfil Civic Centre

A project to save energy in schools, care homes and council buildings in Merthyr Tydfil could save more than £130,000 and more than 250 tonnes of carbon.

This is part of Welsh Government’s REFIT Cymru, a project which aims to optimise the energy efficiency of buildings, improve the condition of schools, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money.

Over the past five months more than 4000 inefficient light fittings have been upgraded to low energy LED lighting and 600 solar panels have been installed on council buildings and schools as part of the council’s commitment to Welsh Government’s target for public bodies to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Work will include installing 30 LED lighting upgrades, nine solar panel systems, smart heating and hot water systems and loft insulation.

This project is estimated to save £136,000 a year and reduce carbon emissions from buildings by 251 tonnes a year.

As part of the project, buildings will also benefit from electrical and mechanical upgrades resulting in an improved learning and working environment and more comfortable conditions, the council said.

Other ways the council is looking to help hit the carbon neutral target include piloting the use of electric vehicles, installing energy efficient street lights and working with an energy specialist to help prepare a council plan to help meet the 2030 target.

Councillor David Hughes, Merthyr Tydfil council cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: “We all have a part to play in decarbonisation and preserving our planet for future generations.

“These may seem like small steps, but they will go a long way to making the council carbon neutral and realising Welsh Government’s target.

“The additional benefits of improved learning and working conditions means that not only are we doing the right thing for the environment, but our young people and workers will start seeing the benefits of these changes immediately.

“As a council we are committed to decarbonisation.”

Words:  Anthony Lewis, Local Democracy Reporter

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