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Atkins joins Net Zero Leiston Town Project

Infra News - Published on Mon, 03 Aug 2020

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International engineering experts have pledged to show a Suffolk coastal town how to end fuel poverty and reach net zero carbon emissions. Representatives from Leiston-cum-Sizewell are working with local authorities and international engineering experts, including Atkins, on a project that is being launched in the town today called Net Zero Leiston. It aims to help the parish achieve zero carbon emissions by around 2030 and end fuel poverty. Since the start of the year Leiston representatives have been working with partners including EDF, East Suffolk Council, Suffolk County Council, Atkins, Opergy and Energy Systems Catapult to work on a ‘route map’ which will outline the timescales and milestones which would need to be undertaken to meet this ambitious aim. Initial activities will include a pilot scheme for twenty properties in the town to be retro-fitted with various technologies and materials to help improve their energy performance, such as roof and cavity wall insulation, boilers and solar panels. Leiston Town Council is leading the project with financial and project management support from EDF. It is intended that the project will eventually be wholly community-owned and self-sustaining.

Partners in the project include Atkins, the international engineering and project management group who will draft the Net Zero report; Opergy, a Suffolk-based clean energy consultancy; and Energy Systems Catapult. The Net Zero Leiston Team hope to be able to publish the route map in Autumn.

The Net Zero Leiston project aims to:
Provide a showcase for other rural towns to reach net zero
Provide a thorough, engineered route-map to net zero
Help to put Leiston ‘on the map’, reinvigorating its identity as a leading town in the new green industrial revolution
Understand what works, what is affordable and what can help to improve people’s lives The group plans to address all aspects of emissions and aim to take coordinated, practical action with the community
Leiston is a rural town with limited public transport or employment opportunities, largely EPC-rated D & E properties requiring a deep retro-fit
This is a collaboration between Leiston Together, local councils, the local community, EDF and other private sector partners.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 03 Aug 2020
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