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Funding awarded for schools climate change decarbonisation project

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Significant new government investment has been awarded to Bracknell Forest Council towards its work to address human induced climate change.

Under the council’s recently adopted climate change strategy, the council has committed itself to being carbon net-zero by 2050 and launched an initial 42 projects to address this corporate priority. In addition to these projects, the council has now secured £425,000 of additional funding to improve the insulation and carbon efficiency of Bracknell Forest schools.

The funding is awarded under the Salix Green financing scheme. It will see energy inefficient schools within the borough have work undertaken to increase their heat conservation and reduce their energy use. This will make sure these schools’ carbon footprints and energy spends are improved. The buildings that house Bracknell Forest schools range in age from 3 years to 120 years old. This funding will support the council to refurbish existing buildings in order to reduce their carbon emissions and environmental impacts. This is known as a ’green retrofit’.

£425,000 has been awarded for thermal improvements across a range of buildings. This is in addition to the previously announced £350,000 for Sandhurst School to upgrade their old heating system from oil to gas. Both awards are part of the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

Cllr Peter Heydon, Executive Member for Transformation and Finance, said:

“This funding award will allow Bracknell Forest Council to install energy efficiency measures across our maintained schools and will help kick start our work on energy efficiency and the use of low carbon power sources, supporting the development of green skills and jobs in the borough.

“It will create significant carbon savings within the Bracknell Forest area, and be a major contributor towards our goal of being zero carbon by 2050.”

Hash Patel, Energy and Services Manager at Bracknell Forest Council, said:

“Securing this funding now allows us to create a new work programme that prioritises each building, based on its age, condition and current thermal insulation. It allows the council to accelerate its work towards its carbon reduction target by giving us the resources to aim for an earlier deadline than was previously expected.”

The funding will be focused on the maintained schools, with an estimated energy saving target of 1,690,880 kWh, or ~25% tCO2e per year reduction (358 tonnes) once these schemes are fully implemented.