Action taken by Gloucester City Council
Find out more about Gloucester City Council's renewable energy, watercourse naturalisation work (Sudbrook) and project pilgrim case studies below.
Renewable energy (case study 1)
In December 2020 Gloucester City set a target to ensure its estates are net zero by 2030. Following an energy audit of all our buildings we are now able target and make informed choices for our properties.
Working with consultants (CLS) we identified an opportunity and applied for Salix funding to carry out a project at a key sports centre in Gloucester (known for its high operational emissions and challenges in reducing these.
Salix is a non-departmental public body, owned wholly by Government. Salix is funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Education. Salix provides grants for local authorities to fund Carbon saving energy technologies. Salix has funded over 18,700 projects with over 3,100 public sector bodies, valued at £971 million.
The study identified that the property benefits from a large flat roof, and sports fields which were identified as key energy generating opportunities in the Salix bid, and a grant was ultimately approved to a sum of £537,000. This will enable cost savings of circa. £35,000 per annum and a reduction of 69 Tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Project pilgrim (case study 2)
In November 2016 Gloucester Cathedral became the first major ancient cathedral building to install solar panels to take advantage of the sun's energy to create power for use on site. This project, initiated in 2011, has become an integral part of the first phase of project pilgrim, aimed at enhancing the way in which the cathedral welcomes and receives visitors of all types, as well as ensuring that it continues to play its part in the daily life and on-going regeneration of the city, county and diocese.
When the concept for installing a solar photo-voltaic (PV) array was first considered, the contentious nature of the proposal was acknowledged by the Cathedral Chapter. However, in carrying out his first quinquennial inspection on the building in 2009, cathedral architect Antony Feltham-King had noted that the pitch of the nave roof, the relatively high parapet, and the fact that the fabric of the part of the building was relatively modern, might combine to provide an opportunity generally not available to such buildings.
Watercourse naturalisation work (case study 3)
With the loss of over 90% of species diverse wildflower meadows in the UK since the 1930’s there has also been a decline in insects and in particular bees, butterflies and moths. Gloucester City Council is working to reintroduce meadows back into Gloucester to help attract pollinators and invertebrates.
The scheme is part of a project with partners across the county to improve or create around 60 hectares of habitat for wildlife and environmental improvements.
It has also included watercourse naturalisation projects to increase biodiversity along the watercourses, making them more attractive and helping with flood management.