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Fit for a zero carbon future


SSE Enterprise has been re-awarded a place on The National Framework for Energy Performance Contracting, designed to help the public sector address the climate emergency and set a firm path towards reaching net zero carbon emissions.

The Framework is an integral part of Re:fit – the highly successful programme originally developed by the Mayor of London and now available for use nationally – and provides a critical means of improving the energy efficiency of public buildings and assets. By combining an EPC framework with expert advice and support to public sector organisations, Re:fit cuts costs by achieving significant guaranteed energy savings and clean energy generation, whilst simultaneously reducing carbon emissions.

This is the fourth iteration of the Re:fit framework, with up to £500m of contracts expected to be let during the four years that it will be in place. Retrofitting opportunities include a wide range of zero and low carbon technologies such as insulation, Building Energy Management Systems, LED lighting, solar PV, battery storage, ultra-efficient HVAC systems, and water saving measures. Typical beneficiaries are Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, Universities and Central Government departments, which own a substantial property portfolio and have set ambitious decarbonisation targets.

SSE Enterprise is unique in not only having decades of experience in building retrofits, but also combining its track-record and expertise in district heating and cooling, smart grids, street lighting, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and state-of-the-art IoT platforms.

We are thrilled to qualify for the fourth Re:fit framework and continue to deliver guaranteed energy savings, as evidenced by our successful retrofit programmes for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and Birmingham City Council’s schools”.

The Re:fit framework really is win-win for the public sector as the savings we promise are guaranteed, enabling public sector organisations to create credible business cases for funding and demonstrate prudent use of public money. A carefully managed Re:fit project can achieve a large reduction in energy use and carbon emissions, significantly improve building conditions, address backlog maintenance and generate income utilising previously passive assets.

We believe every city, town and place has the capability to become ‘smart’ with the right level of support and expertise from delivery partners such as SSE Enterprise.

SSE is currently working with Harris Federation in London and Monmouthshire Council in Wales to develop Re:fit projects across 45 buildings, including schools, leisure centres and offices.