Public sector organisations can apply for a share of the government’s £1billion funding for improved energy efficiency. 
 
This month the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department launched the Public Sector Decarbonisation (PSD) scheme. Applications are now open for eligible organisations until 11 January 2021. 
The idea is to help councils reduce energy bills and carbon emissions through innovation and installation of energy efficient low carbon heating. The scheme is expected to create up to 30,000 low-carbon jobs. 

Benefits of the PSD scheme 

This scheme is for new projects rather than those already started or completed, although where existing projects can be expanded to meet the criteria applications can be made. 
 
The fund should help to upgrade our exisiting buildings and make new buildings more energy efficient, reducing costs and emissions. The scheme will also provide new jobs in the energy efficiency sector. 
 
Building management systems are eligible, especially Balanced Environmental Management systems (BEMs), which monitor and control services such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. 
 
All of this is part of the government’s plan to be net zero for carbon emissions by 2050. It recognises that many of our existing buildings need investment to bring them up to modern energy efficiency standards. 
 

Who is eligible for the PSD scheme? 

The scheme will be available for capital energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects for public sector non-domestic buildings. It will include central government departments and public bodies, NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts in England. 
 
Grants are available to finance up to 100% of the costs of energy-saving projects. 
 

Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund 

The Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund is also available to provide grants to help eligible organisations find specialist and expert advice and define energy efficiency and low carbon heat upgrade projects. 
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