A major project is underway to reduce the carbon footprint of the Halton Stadium, with work expected to be completed in March 2022.

The energy efficiency project is being worked on by Halton Borough Council and Cassidy + Ashton.

It has been enabled by a £1.3m grant secured through the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), which is run by Salix, a non-departmental public body, owned by the government.

The aim of the fund is to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills.

Councillor Phil Harris, Halton Borough Council’s portfolio holder for climate change, added: “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.”

The works will include changing the heating system from gas fired boilers to air source pumps, changing all lights including floodlights to LED lighting and the installation of new ceilings and insulation across its stands.

The stadium is also drawing power from the recently constructed solar farm on St Michael’s Golf Course.

Dave Owen, director at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “This scheme is important to Cassidy + Ashton and Halton Borough Council as it is furthering the efforts to reduce carbon emissions across the world and will assist in reaching specific targets set out by our government.

“It is our ambition to work with clients to incorporate sustainable technologies where possible to bring energy savings and to assist in the world’s efforts to use alternative methods of heating, insulating or reusing materials for the betterment of the environment.”