Sustainability projects

Local actions and activities that we have taken in Bedford Borough to reduce carbon emissions and encourage others to live more sustainably.

This is a summary of actions and activities we have taken to reduce carbon emissions in Bedford Borough and to encourage others to live more sustainably.

Bedford Green Technology & Innovation Park

Bedford Green Technology & Innovation Park (Energy Park) is a project to deliver low carbon, clean energy generation technologies on a closed 30ha former landfill site, as a model to provide an education resource, training and encourage others to reduce carbon emissions, adopt innovative technologies, and improve air quality.

The proposed development will promote education through the joint working with two universities, local colleges, and promote the wider acceptance of renewable energy technologies. It also provides the Council with the opportunity to generate green, clean energy through the initial solar farm project constructed on the site. 

The Council’s work to cap the closed landfill site with clay in accordance with the planning approval for this site is ongoing, with the solar farm project completed end of May 2022. See our progress here: Elstow Solar Farm

Boatslide hydro power facility

The Boatslide hydro power facility utilises the river to generate electricity and from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2023 has:

  • generated 1,071,230 kWh of electricity
  • exported 1,039,415 kWh of electricity
  • provided an income of £298,893 from the feed in tariff

Read more about hydro power facility (PDF) and the use of the Archimedean screw turbine (PDF)

RE:FIT conservation project

The RE:FIT programme utilised the Greater London Authority’s RE:FIT framework and the Council partnered with MITIE, an energy service company responsible for designing and installing energy conservation measures.

A number of different energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies have been installed across the Council’s estate:

The Mayor's Climate Change Fund 

The Mayor's Climate Change Fund can provide match funding, from £5,000 up to £20,000, for improvements that reduce carbon emissions and energy costs of community buildings within Bedford Borough.

Local case studies:

Priory Country Park renewable project

Priory Country Park Visitor Centre made a number of improvements to reduce its energy and water consumption, carbon emissions and utility bills. With visitors being able to see the technologies and read the accompanying information boards, it has also helped raise awareness and understanding of the eco-technologies installed;

Energy efficiency improvements:

The project has brought together a range of energy and water saving measures in one building, which can be easily accessed by visitors, who are able to see the technology in action.

Interpretation boards are displayed in the Visitor Centre, to explain to the Borough’s residents, communities and businesses how the systems that have been installed work and to help them to consider the technology for their own homes and buildings.