Hastings is lead partner in a project within the EU Interreg IVA '2 Seas' Programme, called Answers to the Carbon Economy (ACE).
ACE aims to explore options for creating low carbon industrial estates and reducing emissions on existing estates. It will run from 2011 to 2014.
Partners in the UK, France and Belgium are undertaking a set of integrated initiatives at the level of individual businesses and premises; at the level of inter-business relationships; and at the level of industrial estates.
The findings of all partners' activities, case-studies, and evaluations, will be assembled into a 'Green Business Park Manual' to be available online. This will be compiled by researchers at the University of Gent (UGent) in Belgium. All aspects of the project are to be open to UGent, and indeed to other partners. It is expected that partners will be involved in planning each other's activities wherever practicable.
SAFE-ICE is a project cluster, led by Hastings Borough Council, which brings together ten EU cooperation projects (Interreg IVA 2 Seas) who are all working in the low carbon economy. The aim of the cluster is to pull together the results and learning from these projects to develop a common understanding of what the low carbon economy is across our regions, highlighting good practice in terms of research, innovation and business support.
The cluster consists of two phases. Phase one, now complete, looked at consolidating the project findings, adding value to the results by identifying opportunities, gaps and barriers. The findings were showcased at an event in Antwerp in April 2014, followed by a publication and website resource. Now entering Phase two, the cluster is looking at identifying critical areas for future development and ensuring that its work is effective in encouraging a low carbon economy against a backdrop of financial austerity and changing policies.
ACE: Hastings Pilot Project
Hastings' key action is the pilot 'green/low-carbon' refurbishment of an existing industrial unit at Theaklen Drive.
As a lead-in to this, and alongside it, a series of studies have been or will be carried out:
- Carbon foot printing of Hastings's main industrial estates (completed)
- Low carbon improvement plan for industrial estates - strategic options (completed)
- Low carbon industrial buildings options study (completed)
- Feasibility study for pilot refurbishment (to be undertaken as part of the architectural appointment for the actual refurbishment)
- Business case for low carbon improvements
- Green leases: good practice to promote carbon reduction through landlord-tenant agreements
Units 30-36, Theaklen Drive (Including Langley Garage, Units 32/36), Ponswood Estate have been identified as the potential site. The block consists of a single double unit plus two single units, one of which is vacant currently. Units 32/36 are currently used for undertaking taxi maintenance/MOTs. It is known that there are likely to be works to the roof hence presents a good potential opportunity to install photo-voltaic panels as a significant carbon reduction measure given the lack of heating requirements, as well as ensuring that sufficient insulation is present. There is also the potential to use the electricity in other buildings.
For further information on the ACE project please email Pranesh Datta at email@example.com