New eco funding approved through Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme
Eastleigh College has been approved for Salix funding through the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation scheme (PSDS). This will enable us to install exciting new environmentally friendly facilities and equipment around the College.
The PSDS was launched by the government in 2020 as a means to financially support public sector bodies in enhancing their heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures. The scheme has been deployed in three phases through the delivery body Salix finance, with Eastleigh College falling under the umbrella of the recently announced Phase 3A.
The funding approved through the PSDS amounts to £452,154 which will help materialise many of our environmental plans to improve the energy efficiency of the College. These include new LED lights in campus blocks B and D, widespread installation of double glazing windows around the College and building new energy management systems. It will also help us embrace new technology, such as air source heat pumps, that are estimated to improve energy efficiency by up to 400%. These will replace the current gas boilers around the College with further point-of-use water heaters to be installed as well.
Kevin Jones, Vice Principal of Funding and Finance at Eastleigh College, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Salix and to receive funding under the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. In addition to this funding allocation, the College is investing the same amount again, so the total College investment in tackling climate change is just under a million pounds for this project.”
Phase 3a PSDS is part of the £2.5billion total government investment on the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme between 2020 and 2025. Hospitals, schools, libraries, museums and leisure centres are among hundreds of public buildings across England that will cut fossil fuel use and save on bills thanks to the government funding for low carbon heating and energy efficiency upgrades.
Daniel Clayton, Health and Safety Manager at Eastleigh College, said: “This is a big step in reducing the carbon emissions at the College, primarily focused on two College teaching blocks. This is part of our target to achieve Net Zero, and we aim to involve our learners in a number of initiatives to further reduce the carbon impact of the College in the near future.”
For any further information, please contact the College at BeBetter@eastleigh.ac.uk.
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