ST JOSEPH'S Primary School in Kelty will be warming to the idea of greener energy with plans to change their heating system.

And it will be one of many Fife Council buildings to be adapted in a bid to cut down on the use of greenhouse gases and achieve their net-zero target by 2045.

A planning application has been submitted which will see four air source heat pumps put in place at the school on Cocklaw Street.

The aim is to reduce their use of greenhouse gases, in the existing boiler system, by at least 90 per cent.

A statement explained: "Alternative Heat Ltd have been appointed by Fife Council to operate as a contractor on the design and installation of air source heat pumps across multiple public buildings, including St Joseph's RC Primary School.

"All projects are to be delivered as part of Fife Council's climate action plan in their commitment to decarbonise as rapidly as possible, following a climate emergency declaration on September 2019 and with a set target for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045."

The pump works by drawing in outside air which is blown over a network of tubes filled with a fluid (refrigerant) which warms and turns from a liquid into a gas.

This gas goes through a compressor and passes through a heat exchanger, which raises the temperature and then transfers that heat to water.

The heated water is then circulated around the building to provide heating and hot water.

If approved, the firm from Northern Ireland will instal four air source heat pumps on a concrete slab, with a 2.4 metre high fence and access gate providing a secured enclosure.

The proposed site is at the north side of the school, just outside the cleaner's store and kitchen.