£2bn Green Homes Grant and £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme open for applications. Announced at the Summer Economic Update in June as part of the UK’s Covid-19 recovery package, the £2bn Green Homes Grant and £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme are designed to tackle emissions from existing buildings in line with national climate targets, while creating jobs in the retrofit sector. 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 and decarbonise heat. The amount granted will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by Salix finance. According to BEIS, the PSDS will support up to 30,000 new jobs.
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The scheme will be available for capital energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects within public sector non-domestic buildings, including central government departments and arm’s-length bodies in England, and will deliver the following objectives: Deliver stimulus to the energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation sectors, supporting jobs. Deliver significant carbon savings within the public sector. The scheme allows public sector bodies (PSBs) including eligible central government departments and their arm’s-length bodies to apply for a grant to finance up to 100% of the costs of capital energy-saving projects that meet the scheme criteria.
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