Beneficiaries of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Announced

News – Monday, June 7th, 2021

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), managed by the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy’s delivery body Salix Finance, allocates £75 million of grant funding to assist public sector organisations in financing low-or-zero carbon heating systems.

Decarbonising heat systems and improving the energy efficiency of public sector buildings is integral to the governments aim of reaching its ambitious net-zero target by 2050. Having launched in late 2020, phase 1 of issuing the first round of prospective applicants with PSDS funding is complete, as the summaries for most of the successful projects are now publicly available here.

Below are summaries of PSDS projects that have been awarded in Camden to CCCA members:

The British Library

The British Library has been awarded £8,495,324 to upgrade two sites, the main site in St Pancras and a second site in Yorkshire. They intend to retrofit both sites with solar panels and a low-carbon lightening system. In addition, the Yorkshire site will enjoy a ground source heat system to decarbonise the current fossil fuel reliant system.

Swiss Cottage Library

The London Borough of Camden has been awarded £770,683 to upgrade Swiss Cottage Library. Camden intends to retrofit Swiss Cottage Library with air source heat pumps, which absorb external heat to heat buildings and water, which will replace the outdated fossil fuel reliant heating systems. Camden also intended to install secondary glazing on the windows which will contribute to the Council’s target of becoming a net-zero borough by 2030.

The Royal Free Hospital London

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £1,006,441 to pursue a plethora of energy efficiency improvements on their main site in Hampstead. This includes installing energy efficient LED lighting, a new extraction fan system and better controls for installed chillers. The Royal Free NHS Trust has a commitment to delivering the NHS’s plan to reach net zero by 2040.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has been awarded £1,169,000 to carry out a range of energy efficiency measure across their buildings. This includes installing a new substation, upgrading to double-glazed windows, and upgrading their taps and freezers. This will assist the university in becoming net-zero carbon by 2030.