Council and local partners working together towards a greener future


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.

“This is a great step towards tackling the climate emergency in the Forest of Dean.”
“To be able to actively support the leisure centre and school in addressing and cutting carbon emissions will help to not only reduce the energy usage, but also to help protect the leisure centre and school against rising energy costs.” “This is just the start of this fantastic project and I’d like to personally thank all staff and partners who have been involved in bringing this partnership together and look forward to making a real difference by reducing carbon in the Forest.”

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.

“It is of great encouragement to see local and international partners coming together to reduce carbon footprints.” “This project will help demonstrate to young people that we can best tackle the climate emergency by working together.”

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.

“Operating a leisure centre, particularly with a swimming pool, can use a lot of energy. Working with local partners and putting measures in place to reduce our carbon emissions and rising energy costs can only be good for our service, the planet and the community we serve.”

“We are about the future. Our students learn and ask about the Climate Emergency nearly every day and working with partners including the District Council we can learn from each other and our community and take direct action to tackle and reduce our carbon emissions.”

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:

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.

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