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CAfE gives funding to promote smart energy choices

Wednesday, April 12, 2017   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: sustainability, funding, rebuild, energy

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 12th April 2017

A charitable trust promoting sustainable energy solutions has given more than $1 million to improve energy efficiency and make the switch to renewable energy for rebuild projects in the central Christchurch.

The Christchurch Agency for Energy Trust (CAfE) – a charitable trust established by Council in 2010 – is tasked with promoting energy efficiency initiatives and the use of renewable energy in the city.

Councillor Pauline Cotter is the Chair of the Trust, and said CAfE had been largely funded by carbon credits from landfill gas at Burwood.

The Christchurch Arts Centre.“The aim of CAfE is to improve energy efficiencies, increase the use of renewable energy, and to raise awareness of both. CAfE has provided incentive funding mainly for large renewable energy projects in the central business district, taking advantage of re build opportunities,” Councillor Cotter said.

The Trust had given out $1.15 million to projects in the city, including supporting ground source heat pumps at the King Edward Barracks, Arts Centre, The Terrace and through the Christchurch District Energy Scheme – which connects the King Edward Barracks development to the Christchurch City Council building so they can share energy.

“Cafe is anticipating the fund will be exhausted by 2018 and will then wind up, knowing it has helped Christchurch to become a cleaner and more sustainable city as a result of its assistance and advice,” Councillor Cotter said.

Arts Centre chief executive Andre Lovatt said CAfE had provided funding to support a ground source heat pump at the Arts Centre – a unique system that is either a central heating or cooling system that transfers heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer).

“We cannot complete this enormous heritage project without the generosity of people and organisations such as CAfE.

“We’re committed to making the Arts Centre better than it’s ever been and this new heating system means the buildings are being heated properly for the first time in their 130-year lifetime,” Mr Lovatt said.

The grant had been a huge boost to the Arts Centre restoration and helped with the goal of improving the sustainability on the site and ensuring it’s commercially viable into the future.

“The system has very low running costs which means we can operate it cost effectively and efficiently. It’s also a sustainable solution – it uses 100% renewable energy and heats the site without extensive electrical demand, carbon emissions, or any airborne releases.”

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