In a first for a local cooncil in Scotland, nine public buildings in Edinburgh – including seven schools, the Usher Hall and the toon hall – are to undergo energy efficiency upgrades as part of an energy performance contract between E.ON’s energy efficiency specialists Matrix and the city council. The upgrade programme is designed to reduce energy consumption across the nine cooncil buildings – saving over £330,000 in energy costs and reducing carbon emissions by more than 1,500 tonnes per year. The £2.1 million improvement scheme could result in energy costs at those sites being cut by almost a quarter and will be carried out under an agreement that means E.ON will guarantee the energy savings from the implementation of a number of energy conservation measures. The project is part of Edinburgh’s plan that to reduce carbon emissions across the capital by over 40% by 2020. It is being funded mainly through a scheme which provides interest-free loans to public sector bodies to finance energy efficiency projects. The improvements are ‘guaranteed’ to pay for themselves in eight years.
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