The Committee received a presentation from the Belfast Stories Programme Director giving an update on Belfast Stories, including the Geothermal Feasibility study. She advised the Committee that Belfast Stories aspired to be a sustainable, net zero carbon exemplar for the city and region, at the forefront of environmentally sensitive design, minimising energy consumption and maximising the potential for enhancing biodiversity, on-site energy generation and sustainable transport. The design process which underpins the development therefore required early consideration of the elements relating to best practice that would support this ambition.
The Committee noted the contents of the report and the content of the presentation, the update on the net zero ambitions for Belfast Stories. It also noted the findings from the shallow geothermal feasibility study.