Buildings in Honiton and Exeter to get low-carbon makeover as part of £3.3million scheme

Devon County Council (DCC) buildings in Honiton and Exeter will be given a green makeover as part of a £3.3million bid to cut carbon emissions.

The seven-figure sum will be splashed on reducing energy use at five premises including St Michael’s in the East Devon town and Great Moor House in the city.

Their insulation will be improved and solar panels and air source heat pumps installed, along with mechanical ventilation that recovers heat, and LED lighting.

Work has already started at Lucombe House at County Hall in Exeter as part of a routine refurbishment.

Taw View in Barnstaple and Abbey Rise in Tavistock are also part of the project.

Member for climate change Councillor Andrea Davis added five more buildings were being retro-fitted with a separate £2million grant – and solar panels were being installed on a number of salt depots.

“This is all part of our plan to be net zero carbon by 2030 as we recognise the need for a rapid decrease in our emissions,” shea said.

“By the end of next year, we will have installed 400 electric vehicle charging bays across Devon and we’ve bought 28 acres of land to work with the Woodland Trust on planting trees to offset our emissions.

“We’re committed to converting half of our vehicle fleet to electric by 2030. It’s half because we want to convert the vehicles as they come to the end of their life because the carbon required to build a new vehicle is equivalent to the emissions created by driving 100,000 miles.

“This is an ambitious programme because we know we have to make significant improvements in our emissions.

“And, as community leaders, we are determined to share our experiences with individuals and organisations across Devon and take on board all the new developments in technology and research and development.

“We have pledged to reach net zero carbon by 2030 but there will be no resting on our laurels. There is a climate emergency and we need to do all we can to reduce the threat of global warming and restore the health of our environment.”

Work on retro-fitting the buildings will start this month and be completed in 2022.

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