Norwich City Council given funding to support net zero drive

Norwich City Council has revealed it has been successful in bidding for amongst £1.5mn in additional government funding to support its carbon reduction programme.

On 12 February, it confirmed the new resource will aid it in further developing its successful approach to cutting its carbon emissions, which have dropped by 62.1% since 2007. The council is aiming to become operationally carbon neutral by 2030 before Norwich, as a city, follows by 2050 or sooner.

It has been awarded £740,000 through the government’s decarbonisation funding scheme. This will be used to deliver renewable heating at City Hall, three major LED lighting retrofitting programmes and a large solar system at the council’s new environmental services depot at Hurricane Way.

It has also been awarded a £715,000 share of the £500mn Green Homes Grant, enabling 50 homes to receive solid wall insulation and a further 30 to be given solar PV. The project is anticipated to save 30,000 tonnes of carbon due to the improved energy efficiency of the properties. With the grant awarded in February, work is already progressing at pace to ensure the scheme can be delivered before the September 2021 deadline. The council, together with Broadland Housing Association, have also submitted a joint bid for £356,410 to help environmentally retrofit some of the least energy efficient homes in the city.

Meanwhile, the council is also continuing to progress with UK Power Networks to develop opportunities for on-street electrical charging points to add to the existing supply in the city. The scheme, called Charge Collective, wants to generate cut-price opportunities to install these points, mainly in typically terraced areas lacking in off-road parking. The city council is responsible for highlighting areas likely to take-up this initiative, with the potential for up to 45 points to be installed with appropriate backing.