Leisure centre looks to save its own energy

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, and Fiona Taylor, of Low Carbon Solutions with the Combined Heat and Power unit.
Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, and Fiona Taylor, of Low Carbon Solutions with the Combined Heat and Power unit.

A leisure centre where people regularly burn energy is now looking to save its own energy.

The Lakeside Centre in Killingworth has been fitted with a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit that, as well as generating electricity, enables the heat it produces to be used in the centre rather than go to waste.

The unit aims to save around 400 tonnes of carbon emissions every year for its 20-year life span – paying for itself within four years.

The project was delivered on behalf of North Tyneside Council by Capita. The CHP unit was supplied and installed by Low Carbon Solutions.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “We take seriously our responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint.

“It’s important we are seen to be leading by example when we encouraging our communities to take their own steps to help the environment.

“The installation this unit at The Lakeside Centre will deliver both carbon and financial savings.”

A CHP unit recovers the heat created as a by-product of power generation resulting in a combined efficiency of 80 per cent.

The installation of the unit follows other cabin saving initiatives, including the installation of high efficiency LED lighting at council buildings to reduce electricity consumption.