In a world increasingly conscious of the need for sustainable energy solutions and corporate social responsibility, the Viking Energy Network project in Jarrow shines as a remarkable example of innovation and commitment. Spearheaded by Colloide; a company with a strong dedication to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), this initiative combines cutting-edge technology with environmental stewardship to create a brighter tomorrow for the South Tyneside community and beyond.
Harnessing Solar Power for Carbon Neutrality
At the heart of this project lies a 1-megawatt solar farm, boasting a stunning array of 1,840 solar panels. This solar farm plays a pivotal role in the Viking Energy Network’s mission to reduce carbon emissions. During the summer months, it provides a substantial portion of the electricity needed to power the heat pump, ensuring that operations run close to carbon neutrality. This intelligent integration of renewable energy sources underscores the project’s dedication to environmental sustainability.
Cutting Carbon Emissions with the Viking Energy Network
The Viking Energy Network, a UK-first initiative, is set to make an impressive impact by reducing annual carbon emissions by a substantial 1,035 tonnes. This feat is achieved through the innovative harnessing of low-grade heat from the nearby River Tyne, which is then exported to council-owned buildings. By diversifying energy sources for heating, this network reduces dependence on fossil fuel imports, thus enhancing energy security while minimizing the project’s carbon footprint.
Protecting Local Wildlife
Corporate Social Responsibility extends beyond just environmental considerations. The Viking Energy Network project recognises the importance of preserving local biodiversity, particularly in regard to the protected terns that call the area home. To ensure these avian residents continue to thrive, Colloide has provided multiple tern boxes, creating a safe and welcoming habitat for these precious species. This commitment to nature exemplifies the project’s holistic approach to sustainability.
Pursuing excellence in CEEQUAL
Colloide has taken its commitment to sustainability one step further by actively pursuing excellence in CEEQUAL. CEEQUAL is an esteemed assessment and awards scheme that focuses on improving sustainability in civil engineering and public realm projects. This endeavour underscores the project’s dedication to environmental excellence and the delivery of enhanced environmental and social performance throughout its lifecycle.
The Viking Energy Network Jarrow stands as a testament to the positive impact that responsible corporate practices can have on communities and the environment. With its focus on renewable energy, carbon reduction, wildlife preservation, and sustainable engineering practices; this project represents a shining example of what can be achieved, when innovation aligns with corporate social responsibility. It paves the way for a more sustainable future and inspires others to follow in its footsteps.
Have a look at our Viking Energy Network Updates page to keep track of its progress as we come near the completion of this multi-million pound project.