BEIS Decarbonisation Fund

BEIS £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

BEIS – The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now launched a £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. The new scheme provides grant funding for heat decarbonisation as well as energy efficiency measures across the public sector, central government departments and non-departmental public bodies.

This funding is to be for non-domestic buildings in England, with an aim of supporting the delivery of green investment initiatives including solar projects. It is hoped that this will then deliver “significant” carbon and financial savings in the public sector and stimulate the economy.

The £1 billion scheme is part of the Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs 2020’ commitment to support the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19, supporting up to 30,000 skilled jobs in the low carbon and energy efficiency sectors. The scheme will also support the government’s net clean growth and net zero goals.

What organisations can apply for the BEIS grant?

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) is open to central government departments, local authorities and other public-sector organisations including NHS Foundation Trusts.

It will provide grant funding for projects that are verified to improve energy efficiency such as solar panels. The amount granted will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by Salix finance. For more information, including project deadlines please see the Salex website or Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Guidance document.

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