Carbon savings project

We have an exciting announcement. We have been awarded a grant of £198,016 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund – managed by independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful – to launch a brand new project!

This project – the ‘Gate Church Carbon Saving Project’ – will enable improvements to our buildings in the form of energy efficiency measures. These will improve the look and feel of our buildings, both for church and community use. They will also result in a significant reduction in our energy usage, which we estimate will bring down our energy bills by £31,000 over the next 5 years! Here’s a summary of the main energy efficiency measures that will be installed:

  • Insulation of all loft spaces, loft hatches and where possible, heat-loss walls.
  • Double glazing where possible and where not possible (i.e. on the 59 traditional windows on the church building), secondary glazing. These changes will also improve sound-proofing.
  • Destratification fans in the church auditorium. This will prevent hot air from rising and accumulating at the ceiling by recirculating it down to floor level where it is needed.
  • Replacement of existing lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting.
  • Replacing, where possible, external doors with insulated doors and where not possible, draught-proofing existing doors.

The work will be carried out in phases, starting in January 2014. It is expected to be completed by December 2014. With careful planning it will be possible to keep our buildings open throughout the project and to keep disruption to church activities to a minimum.

In addition to installing energy efficiency measures to our buildings, we will – through partnership with other organisations – be carrying out activities within the local community to promote behavioural changes towards low carbon lifestyles and increasing the uptake of low carbon transport. This includes having bicycle parking for 20 bikes available for public use installed on the church grounds.

Our project was one of 32 projects announced by Minister for Environment & Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse MSP as having been awarded funding in the latest round of Climate Challenge Fund grants. During a visit to Edinburgh World Heritage’s Green Heritage Project, a previous recipient of CCF funding, Mr Wheelhouse said:

“We know from the landmark report by the IPCC, published last week, that climate change is a serious threat not only here in Scotland but across the globe, that we are more certain that ever before that it is predominantly caused by mankind, and that we need to work together to limit the impacts of it.

“Our local communities are showing a real desire and willingness to do their bit and work together to look at ways they can cut their own carbon footprint and in turn, reduce Scotland’s contribution to causing this most critical global challenge.

“The CCF allows communities to gain financial support and come up with inspiring projects to reduce emission and make Scotland a more sustainable place to live. That is why I am so pleased to announce this further funding and continue this unique scheme.

We’re grateful to the Scottish Government for funding this project and are looking forward to getting started. If you have any questions please drop me an email at jamesanthony@gatechurch.co.uk or give me a call on 01382 221222.

Cheers,
James