Blackburn with Darwen Council Partner with Vital Energi to Reduce Carbon

Blackburn with Darwen Council have set a target of being carbon neutral by 2030 and as part of this ambition, will be working with Vital Energi on a new heat decarbonisation plan which will investigate ways in which the council can lower the emissions from their estate.

Vital Energi will produce the plan which will inform the council’s transition to being carbon neutral by 2030 and inform an application for funding to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

David Wilkinson, Vital Energi’s Design Director for Pre-Construction, commented, “This is a fantastic opportunity to be working on a project with some of the area’s best-loved and most-iconic buildings. The mix of premises make this project interesting, with some originating from the mid-1800s and others only approximately 10 years old."

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One of our engineers assessing the existing solar system at Darwen Leisure Centre

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What this project does is allow us to survey each building, looking for opportunities to upgrade their heating systems and controls to make them more efficient, which will also save them money on their energy bills. We’ll be investigating everything from draught proofing and insulation, through to rooftop solar panels and heat pumps and at the end of the project the council will have a roadmap of the opportunities available to them on their journey to being carbon neutral."

David Wilkinson, Vital Energi’s Design Director - Pre-construction

The council has chosen 13 of their buildings for the project and Vital Energi have undertaken in-depth surveys to identify the best options which could reduce carbon emissions by hundreds of tonnes per year. Buildings include:

  • 10 Duke St, Blackburn
  • Blackburn Central Library
  • Blackburn Market
  • Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
  • Blackburn Sports & Leisure Centre
  • Blackburn Town Hall
  • Darwen Leisure Centre
  • Darwen Town Hall
  • Blackburn Enterprise Centre
  • King Georges Hall
  • Witton Park Arena
  • Darwen Town Hall
  • Darwen Library & Theatre