By Patrick Tayleure-Emmitt, National Account Manager

 

In 2021, Boris Johnson made the pledge that every council in the UK would be Net zero by 2050. This did not come without assistance, periodically funds are made available within different scopes to help councils along their journey. 
 
This month, phase 3 of the Low Carbon Skills Fund is opening its’ window for applications. The Low Carbon Skills Fund aka the LCSF is specifically designed for councils to contact consultants and experts to gain the knowledge they need to create or progress their Net Zero plan. 
 
Phase 3 is focusing on the decarbonisation of heat, which is currently contributing 37% to the UK’s annual emissions.  
 
With the increasingly warmer summers, heating may be the last thing on your mind but that’s exactly why it’s crucial to decarbonise our heat before another year of using gas and oil to heat our buildings and offices. Summers in the UK have increased 0.4 degrees on average over the last 10 years, and they have increased 17 days from 1925 to 2011. 

What is LCSF and PSDS? 

Low Carbon Skills Fund and the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme are both for the public sector, to support their journeys to Net Zero by 2050. PSDS is for new equipment whereas the LCSF is to gain support and expertise from outside agencies.

What is Phase 3?
Each of the schemes and funds come in rounds of funding which each focus on a different area of sustainable practices for the public sector. £14 million of funding has been made available for Phase 3 of the LCSF focusing on heat. 

What is Salix Finance?
Salix Finance is the organisation that processes the applications and allocate the funding for the LCSF. They are employed by the government to oversee the entire process, including reporting after the award has been given to ensure public authorities are using the money as intended.

It’s never too hot to think about heat 

Having the boiler on in the office may feel like a distant memory from the cold months of February and turning it back on may feel months away with the sun shining this brightly, but by implementing lower carbon heating systems now you will be emitting less carbon when you need to ramp up the heat next winter. 

You can utilise the hotter months to coordinate work on your heating system so that you’re prepared for the colder months.  

“Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach” 

Before you make vital decisions on heat infrastructure, you should get to grips with where it is most needed and what solution will work best. Try and understand this before the heating season sets in and the stress and panic of deadlines, or rising costs affects your decisions.  

Salix have provided a comprehensive document that helps you prepare for the funding application. Start to think about how you can achieve this and who you can get help from. For example; Section 4D asks for your current energy consumption. Stark can help. 

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Yes, it may seem a long way off. But if you start planning now you will be best placed to secure the funding needed to help you achieve your net zero goals.  

Remember 

  • To make a powerful application you need to know your baseline usage 
  • Application window opens Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 2pm 
  • The application window for funds has been as little as 3 days in previous rounds of funding as it is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis 

Start the journey now, and to do that you need to know where your starting point is. 

 

Worried that you won’t have enough time to gather all this information on your gas usage and electricity capacity for your site – don’t worry! You can utilise this round of funding to gather that information in preparation for the next phase of funding.

Email Sales@stark.co.uk to enlist our help.