Field and barn needed to help combat climate change

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Tuesday 1 March 2005

1 March 2005

Field and barn needed to help combat climate change

A pioneering energy system in the Hope Valley needs to keep its fuel closer to home.

Losehill Hall, the Peak District National Park centre for environmental learning, is seeking local storage facilities - in the form of a half-acre site and barn - for the wood chips that fuel its new biomass boiler.

The environmentally friendly smoke-free boiler (launched last November to provide heating and hot water) currently receives its wood chips from a depot in Barnsley - with obvious transportation costs.

Now Losehill Hall, in Castleton, is hoping that a more local depot would not only bring economic and environmental savings, but could tempt more Peak District organisations to follow its lead in installing the system, which has so far cut the centre's carbon dioxide emissions by about 40 per cent.

Wood chip supplier Silvapower Ltd is currently negotiating the purchase of 100 tonnes of wood from the Chatsworth estate, and would much prefer to keep it at a suitable local site.

Losehill Hall's sustainable business project officer Pete Spriggs said: "Ideally about half an acre is required to store the logs alongside a barn with at least two 5m x 9m concrete floored bays to store the wood chip.

"It's expected that a mobile chipper would be on site once every two months in winter and every four months in summer.

"A local site would provide benefits both to the environment and the economy - a decrease in CO2 helps combat climate change and more money will stay in the area through rental paid for storage and transportation."

The £50,000 heating system received 50 per cent funding from the Department of Trade and Industry's Clear Skies programme and 25 per cent from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.

Local landowners with a potential site should contact Pete Spriggs on 01433 620373 or by March 31 2005. The information will then be forwarded to Silvapower Ltd for assessment and negotiation of terms and conditions.

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