Community venues study to reduce carbon emissions

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Community owned venues across the borough are invited to join a study to show how they can reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and save money on running costs.

The free study will look at opportunities to ‘decarbonise’ properties through energy efficiency measures such as double glazing and insulation, and improved heating options. These include renewable energy such as solar power and battery storage, with the potential to sell electricity back to the National Grid. 

The aim of the study is to enable community and voluntary sector managers of venues such as village halls, community centres, sports pavilions, leisure facilities, theatres and museums, to create their own ‘decarbonisation plan’ and make decisions on how future alterations might be funded and put in place.

There are 15 places available for community venues in the borough to be part of the study.

To apply, a venue manager will need to provide information about their building’s current heating arrangements and costs to use as a baseline, but there is no other involvement required and no commitment to implement the findings of the study.

Anyone managing a community venue who would like to be included in the study can email Matthew Joseph or call 01723 383562. The deadline to apply is Friday 14 January.

The study will operate until May 2022. 

Funding for the study from the government’s Community Renewal Fund was awarded to York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Local authorities, like us, are managing the study on behalf of the partnership.

Councillor Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said:

"We all need to think about reducing greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change. Improving the ‘carbon footprint’ of buildings is one of the main ways we can achieve this.

"Many of the community managed properties in the borough are older properties and poorly insulated. They are often ‘off gas’ and rely on expensive and high carbon oil or electric for heating.

"Taking part in this study offers opportunities to reduce greenhouse gasses and to save money."