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Council scales heights with energy savings

Published Thursday, 21 November 2013

The spectacular sight of a huge 150 tonne crane, winching out the old 10 tonne chiller units from the 11th floor of the iconic Enfield Civic Centre building, will take place on Monday (November 25).


It is the latest phase of Enfield Council’s ambitious RE:FIT project, which in partnership with Johnson Controls Ltd aims to improve the energy efficiency of 11 of Enfield’s schools, the Civic Centre, Millfield Theatre and Charles Babbage House.

This phase will see new energy efficient York chillers being winched from ground level to the top of the Civic Centre. The new chiller units, together with boilers which are also being fitted as part of the larger RE:FIT initiative, will save the Council 15.5 million KWh over the next five years. This equates to a £450,000 saving on energy bills over the period, plus an annual 500 tonne reduction in carbon emissions.

Cllr Chris Bond, Cabinet Member for Environment said “Enfield Council takes its responsibility to the environment very seriously, and we are pleased to be delivering this project, which will see energy saving technology being installed in our public buildings, to make them more energy efficient and save the Council money which can be reinvested in services for residents.

“All the work we are carrying out will deliver energy savings and as most of the RE:FIT work is done by local businesses it is a win win situation.”

Cllr Andrew Stafford, Cabinet Member for Finance and Property for Enfield Council said “The chiller units and boilers in the Civic Centre are outdated so we are taking the unusual step of hiring in this crane to lift the new efficient chillers up to the top floor and ‘drop’ them in through a hole in the top of the civic centre and into the 11th floor of the building.

“It will be a fascinating sight to see. I am looking forward to seeing this work take place as the energy savings are good news, not only for the environment but for taxpayers as well.”

RE:FIT is just one of over 50 projects which forms part of the wider Enfield 2020 Campaign..


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