Hall change: E.ON takes on a second project of energy efficiency makeovers for Leeds public buildings

Nine public buildings in Leeds – including the Civic and Town Halls, Leeds Art Gallery and Central Library – are to undergo energy efficiency upgrades as part of an agreement between energy company E.ON and Leeds City Council.

The £1.2 million improvement scheme could result in energy use and carbon emissions being cut by a fifth1 and will be carried out under an agreement that means E.ON will guarantee the energy savings made through the implementation of a number of energy conservation measures.

As part of the process – won by E.ON under a competitive bidding process – Leeds City Council will provide the capital funding, with the guarantee that the proposed measures will pay for themselves in less than seven years.

The nine city centre buildings set to benefit from these upgrades include:

  • Leeds Civic Hall
  • City Gallery & City Library 
  • Leeds Town Hall
  • John Charles Centre for Sport

This is the second RE:FIT agreement between E.ON and Leeds City Council. E.ON has previously supported the council under another RE:FIT project, which saw the energy firm assess nine buildings including data centres, schools, leisure centres and a transport depot, as well as designing and implementing energy conservation measures to begin monitoring savings over a seven year period.

The upgrade programme is designed to significantly reduce the energy consumption by 20% and save 1,317 tonnes of CO2 of the nine buildings2 through undertaking a number of energy conservation measures including optimising and where applicable upgrading the existing Building Management Systems, installing lighting control improvements, optimising boilers, upgrading air handling units, installing inverters on pumps / motors and implementing measures to allow greater control in swimming pools.

Richard Scott, Head of Energy Efficiency for E.ON’s Connecting Energies business, said: “Moving on to the second phase of this agreement is a great sign of the success we’ve already seen in helping Leeds City Council work towards its sustainability goals in a straightforward and financially viable way.

“The real beauty of this project is we’re cutting energy costs and carbon emissions to meet the evolving needs and expectations of local people without the need for the authority to shoulder the operational costs itself.”

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said: “With a commitment to reduce emissions from council operations and across the city by 40% by 2020, we are investing in a number of public buildings to improve their energy performance and cost-efficiency. By using an Energy Performance Contract, E.ON guarantees the level of energy savings within a fixed budget, enabling us to secure a more sustainable future for our buildings and the city.”