Act now to hit net zero targets says Alexandra Hammond, ETL’s Sustainability Director

ETL, a multidisciplinary consultancy, today launched a campaign to help raise awareness of newly available grant funding from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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Following the announcement of the £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, a grant fund for public sector organisations to delivery energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation on 30th September 2020, Alexandra Hammond, Sustainability Director at ETL comments:

“This is an exciting turning point for the UK. Public sector leaders have been provided with a huge opportunity to facilitate the transition to net zero carbon and include interventions that were previously difficult to fund, such as heat pumps and other renewable sources of energy.

“Organisations must act quickly to secure funding and progress net zero carbon and sustainability ambitions. As an industry-leader in the provision of funding application and procurement support, ETL aims to assist in the delivery of zero/low carbon heat networks across the public sector within the tight timeframes.”

With UK public sector bodies obliged to achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest, this fund enables organisations to drive the transition to zero/low heat networks to prepare for a net zero carbon future.

“Organisations must act quickly to secure funding and progress net zero carbon and sustainability ambitions.”

Efficiency technologies will be required to achieve savings of a minimum of one tonne of carbon per £500 spent, and also require organisations to plan out their journey to decarbonise heat. The fund will also cover technologies that do not have a direct carbon saving, but enable emissions reductions, such as battery storage, metering, and electrical infrastructure.

“Don’t be left behind,” warns Alexandra Hammond. She adds: “Most public sector organisations have set targets ahead of 2050 with the NHS announcing its 2040 target this week; we need to act now to make changes that will have a significant impact in years to come.

“There is funding available to support site visits and application development – there’s never been a more opportune time to take action towards net zero.”