A grant of £105,000 has been awarded to the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead as part of the Government’s Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF).
The fund enables public sector organisations to engage specialist advice to help identify and develop energy efficiency and low carbon heat upgrade projects.
The money will be used to undertake feasibility work in buildings across the borough including schools, libraries and leisure centres, where the council has identified the greatest potential for carbon savings.
The results will inform a separate bid to the £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS). If successful, the bid money will be used to fund the energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects identified by the feasibility work.
Councillor Donna Stimson, lead member for climate change, said: “The council has set itself some ambitious targets for carbon reduction – achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. I’m delighted that we have been successful in securing a substantial sum of money to begin to deliver on those commitments.
“Tackling the council’s own environmental impact is key if we are to show leadership and encourage others to take action. I am determined to ensure we move as quickly as possible, recognising that action on climate change cannot wait.”
The feasibility work will begin immediately and should be complete by the end of the year. The outcome of the PSDS application will be known early next year, with potential works taking place in the spring/summer of 2021.
The council declared a climate change emergency in June 2019, with the first draft of the Environment and Climate strategy approved at Full Council in June 2020.
The strategy sets out the council’s vision and strategic framework to achieve the Borough’s net-zero-carbon-emissions target by 2050 at the latest.
For further information on what the council is doing to improve the sustainability of the borough, please visit our website.