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£100k funding lets The Living Rainforest switch to renewable energy
The Living Rainforest has received funding from three organisations to convert its heating system to renewable energy, making its energy consumption more environmentally friendly.
The donations will allow the centre to install a biomass boiler which will provide at least 80% of the centre’s heating and reduce the centre’s carbon dioxide emission by 220 tonnes per year. The wood-chip boiler will be located near the centre’s entrance where it will also serve as a working educational exhibit.
The project, which supports The Living Rainforest’s commitment to creating an eco-friendly rainforest environment, has been made possible by a £45,200 contribution from The Vodafone UK Foundation, a £40,470 contribution from the DTI-funded Clear Skies initiative and £10,000 from the Greenham Common Trust. The Living Rainforest has also made a contribution to the project.
“We aim to engage visitors in sustainability issues, and this project will help us do just that,” said Karl Hansen, director of The Living Rainforest. “It’s all well and good talking about sustainability but we need to ‘walk the talk.’ The project will allow visitors to see renewable energy in action, and reduce our own environmental impact.”
“Vodafone has a number of employees who volunteer for this important local project,” commented Sarah Shillito at The Vodafone UK Foundation, “so it’s fantastic that we are able to support an organisation which is important to them, whilst assisting The Living Rainforest to further the education of eco-sustainablity in the UK.”
“The Living Rainforest is an important project,” said Chris Roberts, Clear Skies programme manager. “By helping to fund this project, we are furthering the education of eco-sustainablity in the UK.”
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