“A huge step forward in helping us to meet tough national carbon reduction targets”, that’s the message this week as East Ayrshire Council agreed to the reallocation of funding for a state of the art biomass boiler at the new £63.5 million Knockroon Campus.
Subject to planning permission, the new campus is scheduled to open in 2019) and, once operational, the new biomass boiler will reduce carbon emissions across all Council buildings by a massive 10%.
Costs to install the boiler will be met from the Council’s Energy Efficiency Capital Fund and the proposal incorporated within the design for the school, which is due to be submitted for planning consent early 2017.
Leader of East Ayrshire Council, Councillor Douglas Reid said: “The new biomass boiler will offer an unprecedented reduction in CO2 emissions, compared to other heating systems we considered for the campus and I’d no hesitation in recommending it.
“The great news is that the system is so effective and flexible we’re able to offer heating and energy solutions to other community organisations, helping to save them money and deliver further reductions in carbon emissions.
“It really is a huge step forward in helping us to meet our tough national carbon reduction targets.”
The new Campus will include further education, community and enterprise facilities and will incorporate:
Children, young people and the local community have played a significant role in developing the design for the campus to date and will be invited to continue to work with the design team and senior Council officers to ensure their educational, leisure and social needs are being considered.
Councillor Reid continued: “Cumnock is an area of outstanding natural heritage and outdoor learning will be a key part of the curriculum for pupils at the new campus.
“It makes perfect sense that we recognise and respect the local environment with a energy efficient biomass boiler which will greatly reduce carbon emissions and offer wider benefits, both on and off the campus.”