Forest of Dean District Council, Freedom Leisure and The Dean Academy have set up a new partnership to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs at the Leisure Centre and school in Lydney.
Last year, Forest of Dean District Council was successful with seven other partners from across Europe in securing funding as part of the AURORA Project to support community decarbonisation and to set-up the Forest Energy Community Initiative. This will see members of the Council and partners work directly with communities to reduce their carbon emissions and to establish a community solar scheme through a community energy initiative.
Over the next two years the partnership between Forest of Dean District Council, Freedom Leisure and The Dean Academy will be sharing data to set out how to decarbonise and reduce energy usage at the leisure facilities, reduce energy costs and in doing so, reduce the risks of high energy prices on the facilities.
This is the first major step in the initiative and local residents and interested groups are being encouraged to sign up for further updates as the project develops at: eepurl.com/h5l4lf
Further information on the AURORA Project can be found here.
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Notes to editors
Freedom Leisure operates the Leisure Centre, but the buildings and many of the facilities are owned by Forest of Dean District Council. The Dean Academy makes use of many of the facilities during the school day and owns some of the buildings.
The AURORA project is funded through the Horizon 2020 programme which supports research and innovation. The goal of this EU funded programme is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. As a research and innovation based programme it is possible for organisations from the UK to be partners.
In the photograph, left to right: Liam Tingle and Emma-Jayne Williams from Forest of Dean District Council and representatives from Freedom Leisure and The Dean Academy.