Labour delivers on its Clean Growth Manifesto pledge as the council takes the next steps with funding approved for feasibility work to be undertaken on two important renewable heat projects. The feasibility work will enable additional external funds to be sought through the governments Heat Network Delivery Unit further reducing the costs for local people.
Mazher Iqbal, Chair Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee said:
‘‘I welcome this progress on the delivery of Labour’s £3.5m investment in local renewable energy”
“We are committed to investing in the installation of renewable energy on community hubs such as schools, libraries and community centres to help Sheffielders generate more of the energy they use to help insulate them from the price hikes we are seeing in gas and oil, and to help deliver our Net Zero by 2030 commitment”
“The measures agreed unlock the potential for us to lever additional government money to enhance and enlarge the Sheffield Heat Network and the renewable heat network at Blackburn Meadows extending the benefits to more Sheffielders”
The announcement follows news of plans to improve the warmth of many of our non-traditional homes (cold homes) including a range of works to ensure their long-term future and, also make them warm for tenants. Work will commence in Spring next year and is scheduled to be completed by October 2024.
Mazher Iqbal, chair Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee said:
“With our £23m investment in home insulation and enhancement we are delivering our manifesto commitment to support residents through the cost-of-living crisis and to help keep bills down for residents making their home warmer and more comfortable”
“These improvements will help deliver 372 better insulated, energy efficient homes with an extended life span of a further 60 years and contributes to Labours commitment to tackle the Climate Emergency”
Craig Gamble-Pugh, Councillor for East Ecclesfield and UK100 Climate Leadership Academy representative said:
“Under Labour, the Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and set a target to be net zero by 2030. The Council’s 10 Point Plan for climate action adopted in March this year includes a commitment to use Council land and property to meet Sheffield Labour’s net zero ambitions”
“Now Labour Councillors are driving through actions on Insulation and Renewable Energy installation: part of Labour’s manifesto pledges for Climate Justice by supporting residents through the cost-of-living crisis and delivering Clean growth.”