New project to reduce carbon emissions at Longford CC by 87%

Last year, in September 2022, The Alliance for Zero Carbon Heating (TAZCH) met in the offices of Longford Council, Northern Ireland with Paddy Diffley, the buildings and facilities manager of the Council and deputy Joe Flaherty, TD for the Longford–Westmeath constituency since 2020.

New project to reduce carbon emissions at Longford CC by 87%

The meeting was to discuss whether we could offer a simpler solution to decarbonisation of the Council HQ rather than a major retrofit programme. The answer of course, was yes, we could convert the oil-fired boiler that heats the main office building to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), a biofuel offering an immediate c.87% reduction in carbon equivalent emissions.

A straightforward solution

In principle, the solution was straightforward, but we had a few steps to get here, and the conversion only went live in May 2023. Sean McBride, the ROI local inspector carried out the initial site survey and then, through the Council’s tendering process . . .

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