WORK has started on several factory units in St Leonards to make them more environmentally friendly and help reduce carbon emissions.
The project on the Ponswood Industrial Estate will see £450,000 of investment from Hastings Borough Council and from the European Union to refurbish four factory units.
The work is due to finish next February and includes state-of-the-art solar tubes, rapid opening shutters to improve airtightness, replacing the existing doors and windows with energy efficient double glazed units, insulating the building to reduce the heat energy loss, upgraded and resource efficient facilities and low energy lighting to office spaces.
The project is part of a European-funded initiative called Answers to the Carbon Economy (ACE).
The aim of the ACE scheme is to explore options for creating low carbon industrial estates and reducing emissions on existing estates.
Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council leader, said: “After the renovation of these units it’s expected that they will be 28 per cent more efficient overall with reduced energy bills for lighting and heating.
“It also extends the life of these industrial units by another 25 years.
“This is a very exciting project and there are plans in the pipeline to extend these projects further to other units. The findings of ACE Partners in the UK, France and Belgium will be assembled into a Green Business Park Manual which will be compiled by researchers at the University of Gent (UGent) in Belgium and provide a guide for the green industrial estates of the future.”