Halton’s DCBL Stadium is to benefit from a £1.3 million retrofit to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

Following a successful grant bid to Government, the Council will carry out a major project which will involve: Changing the heating system to air source heat pumps, changing all light to LEDs including pitch lights, double glazing the main stand, and installing a new ceiling, insulation, heating and lighting in the west stand.

In the long term the work should reduce energy bills at the stadium and cover the costs of fittings that were due for replacement.  As the stadium is drawing power from the nearby Solar Farm this is also a benefit as it will use more renewable energy on site and export less.

The project is expected to be completed around September this year.

Due to a number of schemes aimed at tackling climate change, the Council has now reduced its carbon footprint from a baseline in 2008 of 26,338 tonnes of CO2 to 11,354 tonnes for 2019/20.

Cllr Phil Harris, Halton Borough Council’s portfolio holder for the stadium, says: “It is great news that we are continuing to improve energy efficiency and carbon reduction with another project to address climate change. There’s still more to be done but there are further initiatives on the way.”