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Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

By Dr Andrew Eaton
07 November 2020

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. This will allocate £1bn of grant funding which strongly aligns with BEIS’ mission and priorities: fighting coronavirus, backing business, unleashing innovation and tackling climate change. The scheme will encourage green investment aligning with the Government’s Net Zero and clean growth goals.

Deadline Approaching

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The Grant Scheme will be delivered by Salix Finance and is available for capital energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects within public sector, non-domestic buildings, including central government departments and non-departmental public bodies in England only.

If you meet these criteria, the deadline for applying is

Monday 11 January 2021

Projects should aim to be completed by 31 March 2021 if possible. Those that can’t must be completed by 30 September 2021

There are multiple categories of project

Salix Category Definitions

Building energy Management Systems therefore fit into category 2.

In addition, the applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

Criterion A

Category 2 and 3 measures are combined with measures in Category 1.

Criterion B

Category 2 and 3 measures are for buildings that already use low carbon heating for all their heating requirements.

Criterion C

A written commitment is made to future heat decarbonisation for the buildings in which measures are installed, which includes all of the following:

  1. A commitment to produce and submit to Salix a Heat Decarbonisation Plan by 30 September 2021.
  2. An explanation within the Heat Decarbonisation Plan setting out how the building(s’) fossil fuel heating systems will be replaced by low carbon heating when the fossil fuel system(s) reaches the end of their natural lifetime. It is important to consider what will happen when your current heating plant has reached the end of its life and suitable upgrades have not been made to your building to manage this. The type or types of low carbon heating systems, and the likely timescale for this, must be identified. A template for this Heat Decarbonisation Plan is provided if there is not an existing document, and this can be used to help create this plan if support is needed.
  3. The Heat Decarbonisation Plan must include details of how it has been approved by their public body, how this plan is going to be implemented, and that there is a commitment to apply for and utilise funding where available to deliver the Heat Decarbonisation Plan.

Public bodies wishing to apply for this grant should visit the Salix Finance website for further information.

Talk to SSE Energy Solutions about how we can help with your BMS. Call us on 0345 072 9529, or email us at info@sseenergyoptimisation.co.uk