• Cheltenham Borough Council has partnered with Stark, the UK’s leading independent provider of energy data, in a five year £380,000 deal, which will enable the Council to gain compelling insight into energy use and carbon emissions across its building portfolio.
  • The aim of the collaboration is to establish Cheltenham Borough Council as one of the first local authorities in the UK to reach net zero by
  • The partnership will examine carbon emissions across more than 20 regency buildings including the Municipal Offices, Pitville Pump Rooms, Cheltenham Town Hall and the Prince of Wales Stadium.

Cheltenham Borough Council has appointed energy innovation specialists Stark to analyse its carbon emissions, so it can identify opportunities to minimise waste and decrease CO2 in order to be one of the first councils to reach net zero by 2030.

The project will involve rolling out the latest metering technologies for both electricity and gas supplies, across multiple sites including listed buildings. Utilising Stark’s analytics tools, Stark ID, Cheltenham will gain a clear overview of its energy consumption from all locations on one conveniently accessible online dashboard. Having oversight of all its energy data in one place, will ensure Cheltenham is in a much stronger position to monitor the impact and success of improvements, and make more informed decisions about future construction plans.

The project has been funded by a award from Salix Finance, which provides grants to the public sector to help improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and lower energy bills. Cheltenham Borough Council received the funding in recognition of its aspirations to cut waste and achieve decarbonisation milestones.

Councillor Max Wilkinson, cabinet member for the climate emergency, said:

“In line with the Government’s net zero plans, Cheltenham Borough Council aims to be one of the first local authorities in the UK to reach net zero. We are aware the borough has a number of old, draughty buildings that consume a lot of energy and reducing carbon emissions among these will be the focus of the first stage of the project. We hope that in partnering with Stark and installing its innovative infrastructure, we can demonstrate how easily and efficiently energy waste can be minimised. We want to encourage other local authorities to follow suit and trial new energy solutions to decrease emissions across their regency portfolios.”

Alex Warren, Group CEO for Stark says,

“We are thrilled to be working with Cheltenham Borough Council on planning and successfully executing this project, as we help it realise its decarbonisation milestones. Our full-service offering will ensure the right infrastructure is in place and fully maintained to provide the necessary insights and measurements Cheltenham Borough Council needs to make informed decisions and reach its net zero targets before 2030 and beyond.”

Stark was appointed by Cheltenham Borough Council in June 2021 and the initial phase of the project is due for completion by end of March 2022 with Stark contracted to monitor and analyse the Council’s CO2 emission until 2026. In the next stage of the project, Stark will monitor energy use across all buildings, revealing consumption patterns and identifying alternative low carbon technologies, so Cheltenham is able to introduce changes that will bring it closer to its net zero target.

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The Salix Funding is awarded under the PSDS (Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme) and supports public sector bodies to achieve heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency goals.

In 2019, Cheltenham Borough Council declared a climate emergency and a commitment to be a carbon neutral council and borough by 2030. The goal of a carbon neutral borough will be met by delivering activity which supports and promotes the town’s core vision to be a place where everyone thrives.

Cheltenhamzero.org is a wide-ranging partnership of local organisations – private sector, public sector, charities and community groups – working together to achieve a net-zero carbon emissions in Cheltenham by 2030.

Further information about the council’s climate emergency work can be found at: www.cheltenham.gov.uk/climate-emergency or follow #CheltenhamZero.