08:52, Friday, 30th November 2018

The new biomass boiler installed at Riddings in Scunthorpe will heat the library, pool and leisure facility and cut our carbon footprint by 52 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Around £140,000 was invested to replace the gas heating system with a biomass boiler, pellet feed and storage silo outside the plant room.

The new sustainable heating system will generate £24,000 per year for the council through the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, which provides payments over 20 years to support the uptake of renewable heating.

The installation of the new biomass boiler at Riddings forms part of the council’s plan to cut its carbon emissions by a quarter between 2017 and 2022.

By reducing our carbon footprint across our buildings and operations, we could also be set to save around £4m on our energy bills as electricity prices rise.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Our Riddings site has recently undergone a transformation to bring together library and leisure services under one roof so it’s fitting that as part of that we’ve upgraded the heating to a more energy-efficient, sustainable system too.

“Visitors to the centre won’t notice the difference, but the new biomass heating system will be more efficient, reduce our carbon footprint and ultimately save the council thousands of pounds.

“This is the latest in a line of carbon-cutting measures the council has taken – including installing LED street lights, using electric vehicles, and better use of council buildings – to reduce our impact on the environment and ultimately save taxpayers’ money.”