Torbay Council have secured a £1.9 million grant to upgrade the heating and energy efficiency of Torbay Leisure Centre, reducing the centre’s carbon emissions by 60%. This project is being funded via the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

The existing gas boiler system will be replaced with an air source heat pump, reducing the carbon intensity of the leisure centre’s heating system. To mitigate the expense of running the air source heat pump secondary measures to reduce emissions have been proposed. These include increasing the energy efficiency of other operations within the centre and the installation of solar panels to reduce electricity costs. It is expected that these changes will save 318 tonnes of CO2 a year, the equivalent to taking 156 cars off the roads each year.

How is this helping Devon reach net-zero?

Action B11: South West to promote its status to government as the leading region on low-carbon buildings, including Embodied Carbon, founded on the low-carbon buildings already here and “anchor institutions” commitments to Zero-carbon, nature-friendly new build and Retrofit.  

This project will help to accelerate the council’s ambitions to reach net-zero by 2030, as well as strengthening Torbay Council’s commitments as a partner of Devon Climate Emergency to achieve a net-zero Devon.