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Funding for green energy project

A pilot project in Birmingham that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of two apartment blocks through a combined heat and power system will receive around £1.3 million in government funding.

The allocation is part of the nearly £11.9 million set aside by the Government for programmes to reduce housing-generated carbon emissions to zero.

The Homes and Communities Agency is working with Birmingham City Council to provide heating to two apartment blocks through the residual energy generated by the International Convention Centre.

The two apartment blocks - Cambridge and Crescent Towers on Brindley Drive - will be connected to the existing combined heat and power infrastructure beneath Broad Street.

This commercial network already supplies energy to several key installations in the area such as the NIA, the ICC, the Repertory Theatre and the Hyatt Hotel.

Paul Spooner, regional director for the HCA, said: “By capitalising on existing technology in this way and extending its reach we will be able to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the existing buildings, as well as offer lower energy bills for residents.”

A quarter of Britain’s carbon emissions come from homes and the proposed plan will be a step forward for the Government in meeting its low carbon targets.