Equans helped host representatives of councils from across the North East at Newcastle’s Civic Centre recently, where it was able to demonstrate first-hand its expertise in delivering zero carbon solutions.
The energy, services, and regeneration specialist organised the event in conjunction with NEPO – the North East Procurement Organisation – to take guests on a tour, and show then what can be done.
The Civic Centre is considered a “shining example” of how the company can work with local authorities to decarbonise their property portfolios.
In partnership with Newcastle City Council, Equans helped to bid for Public Sector Decarbonisation Funding, and delivered extensive works to the building.
It is now using 80% less gas after the fitting Solar PV and air source heat pumps (ASHPs) to generate electricity, heating and hot water. The building was showcased to attendees from local authorities as an example of what can be done to hit net zero targets through expert support.
As well as touring the building and seeing the technology in action, NEPO member representatives from Sunderland, Northumberland, Hartlepool, Durham, Middlesbrough, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Newcastle were given a presentation.
This was delivered by Equans’ director of sustainability and innovation, Tim Wood, and operations manager, Joe Logan.
The pair gave an overview of the company’s expertise from initial designs and funding applications, all the way through to delivering projects and providing specialist aftercare.
Wood said: “Embarking on decarbonisation journeys can be a daunting task, with a variety of different routes to gain funding for projects and a rapidly diversifying range of technologies available to use – some of which suit specific buildings more than others.
“So, it was a great opportunity to be able to explain not only what Equans can do, and has done across the country, but also help attendees find out more about solutions available to them.
“From feedback, it seems as though everyone left with a better idea of how to navigate the way forward with the support of NEPO and companies like ours, and has hopefully given them more confidence to start accelerating their Net Zero targets.
“The Civic Centre is a prime example of how partnership working can bring considerable carbon reductions and it was great to go around and explain exactly why we did what we did.”
Jane Turner, construction category lead at NEPO, added: “This event has been a fantastic opportunity to discuss decarbonisation across the public sector, and particularly useful in finding out what challenges our members face when it comes to implementing decarbonisation, air source heat pumps and other retrofit measures.
“Our Retrofit and Decarbonisation Works framework (NEPO233) offers a fully compliant route to market for the installation and delivery of a range of decarbonisation and retrofit solutions, including air and ground source heat pumps, cavity wall insulation, solar PV and battery storage.
“We have a wide range of suppliers, from SMEs to larger regional contractors, available through our solutions. If you’re interested in the assessment, installation and delivery of low carbon retrofit measures including solar, heat pumps, lighting and insulation, then it’s worth checking out our solutions.”
Main image: Equans’ director of sustainability and innovation, Tim Wood (Left) shows guests the system installed at Newcastle Civic Centre
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