Alex was invited to take the controls of a heavy boring machine which has started digging deep boreholes in the car park at Gloucestershire College.
It is all part of a major new project, part-funded with a £3m grant from the Government, to decarbonise the heating system of the Cheltenham GlosCol campus. The ground-source heat-pump works like a fridge in reverse, and uses heat from the earth to keep the buildings warm in winter.
Speaking at the event Alex said “I am delighted that the Government has made such a major contribution to this important project. Although in the UK we have slashed our emissions by 44% on 1990 levels, we need to further. I am proud that it is innovative projects like these in Cheltenham which are helping us on our way to meet our Net Zero targets.”
To watch a video of Alex's speech at the event click HERE.