Next phase of Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme open to applications in September

BEIS has announced the next phase of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme will be open for applications next month.

Up to £635 million of government funding will be made available to public sector organisations so they can install low-carbon heating, such as heat pumps, and energy efficiency measures including double glazing and loft insulation.

Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan said: “We are already delivering upgrades to hundreds of public buildings across England, making them cheaper to run and saving taxpayers millions of pounds each year.

“By helping even more public sector bodies ditch costly fossil fuels, we are taking an important step towards a more sustainable future while driving economic growth across the country and continuing to support tens of thousands of jobs.”

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme supports the aim of reducing emissions from public sector buildings by 75%, compared to 2017 levels, by 2037 – guidance on how to apply for funding has been published here.

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme is delivered on behalf of the government by Salix Finance, which s running a series of webinars about applications, starting from 5th August.

Projects that have already received funding include Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which received more than £70 million to install water source heat pumps at Queens Medical Centre. At Nottingham City Hospital, they installed air source heat pumps and fitted energy efficiency measures such as draught proofing and double glazing, while Leeds City Council received £4.3 million to decarbonise primary schools and child day care centres.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust was awarded more than £50 million to install clean heating and energy efficiency measures in their hospitals and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was awarded over £4.4 million to decarbonise the Grade II listed Nash Conservatory and Jodrell Laboratory.

Salix Finance CEO Annie Shepperd said: “There is no time like the present to push forward with the decarbonisation agenda as our country must meet its ambitious targets to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our consumption of very costly energy.

“Salix are proud to work delivering projects which transform public sector buildings.  This vital work is driving down our carbon footprint and making these buildings better places for people to work in and for the public to use, as well as saving money for the taxpayer.”

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