Move towards carbon-neutral council housing.

Ambitious plans for zero carbon council housing have been announced by Harrogate council. The council is committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2038 and retro-fitting its 4000 council houses is a key part of the plan.

Council leader Richard Cooper commented: “The scheme involves fitting energy efficient heating systems, better insulation, glazing and solar panels. This will reduce carbon emissions and also bills as less energy will be required to heat the homes. It is a win for the environment and a win for council tenants who are among those who need the most support with their energy bills.”

The first phase of the scheme is due to begin soon and focus on 85 properties. Once this £2.3m part of the project is complete the results will be assessed to determine how best to roll out the scheme to all council housing.