- Public Buildings
Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-op (BHESCo) have been commissioned to prepare a feasibility study for five public buildings in the village and to assess the potential of reducing their CO2 emissions through energy savings and renewable energy technologies. These buildings are:
- Henfield Leisure Centre
- The Henfield Hall
- St Peter’s Church
- Henfield Haven
- Youth Centre
BHESCo submitted their report in May 2020 which made proposals for carbon reduction initiatives. If all the proposals were implemented for each building, there would be a reduction in energy and carbon emissions of 50%. The greatest reduction would be 80% and the lowest 30%. The total capital cost would be £150,000 and with an energy cost reduction of £13,500, an average pay back for all the buildings could be achieved within 11 years. Two of the buildings would see a return within 6 years.
Most of the buildings are heated by gas. The most obvious area for improvement in many of them is in the control systems so that only areas of the building that are being used are heated as and when required. There are also some potential improvements to the fabric of the buildings to reduce heat losses.
Buildings which move to heating from electricity, preferably using a heat pump to improve efficiency, will see further CO2 emissions reductions in the coming years as the grid electricity supply decarbonises year-on-year.
All of the buildings have had some LED lighting either installed, or planned, either as lamps fail or as a more deliberate campaign. This will help to reduce electricity consumption in all the buildings and it is encouraging to see building management teams taking these steps already.
The next phase of the project is to consider how funding can be provided and BHESCo are putting together proposals for the Leisure Centre and Henfield Hall where the best returns can be achieved. Both these buildings have large south facing roofs which can accommodate solar panels of over 60kW each and will make a significant contribution to carbon reduction in Henfield.
- Carbon Neutral Henfield
SH2030 has been supporting the parish council to prepare a motion to declare a climate emergency in Henfield. A motion was presented to the Parish Council and was unanimously approved. We are currently assisting the parish council in preparing a strategy for becoming carbon neutral which should be instigated early in 2020.
- Carbon Footprint Calculator
SH2030 has developed our own carbon footprint calculator in order to be used in workshops in local community clubs and society meetings. The calculator uses Microsoft Excel and a record of progress is taken for people who participate in the workshop.
SH2030 is part of an area sustainable group which includes Steyning, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks and Keymer to hold meetings with local councils and our MP to discuss and put forward our views on how best to achieve a swift transition to a carbon neutral society. Part of this process will be to also change hearts and minds in our community so that people can begin their own transition to a lifestyle with a lower carbon footprint.