Broadland and South Norfolk Councils get £2m to help achieve net-zero target

Net Zero Carbon by 2030

Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council are pleased to announce that they have received substantial funding from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

This program is operated by the UK Government's Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and the funding will support the two councils' sustainability objectives. 

The £2.03 million in funding will be allocated to implement energy efficiency improvements and introduce renewable energy technologies across council-owned buildings and facilities. This will enable the councils to reduce their carbon emissions and contribute to the UK's net-zero targets, potentially saving up to 288 tons of carbon per annum. 

The project will encompass various measures, including the installation of solar panels, air source and ground source heat pumps, and loft and wall insulation. These enhancements will not only decrease the councils' carbon footprint but also contribute to creating more comfortable and efficient working environments. 

Trevor Holden, Managing Director of Broadland and South Norfolk District Councils, commented:

"This funding will help us progress towards our target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. We are dedicated to addressing climate change, and this project is an essential component of our strategy. The potential savings of up to 288 tons of carbon per annum will contribute to cleaner and healthier communities." 

Senior Programme Manager Laura Couldrey from Salix Finance said:

“In order to meet Government’s ambitious net zero targets we must work together to tackle climate change. We are delighted to be able to support Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council in its decarbonisation journey. There are a range of measures to be installed across the council buildings and together they will make a positive impact making them more comfortable places to use.” 

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme is delivered by Salix Finance and is a part of the government's broader efforts to combat climate change and support the UK's transition to a low-carbon economy. The funding enables public sector organisations to enhance the energy efficiency of their buildings, lower their carbon emissions, and promote job creation and economic growth. 

The councils are eager to commence work on this project and are looking forward to the positive impact it will have on communities and the environment. 

Published: 24 March 2023