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Deadline looms to claim ‘decarb’ money for LED lighting

A contractor installing an LED panel into a suspended ceiling
There are four groups of lighting included in the scheme, all of which earn decarbonisation ‘points’ on the basis of how effective they are rated.

PUBLIC sector organisations and educational establishments have been warned that the deadlines to claim government money for low-energy lighting and other technologies are looming.

The Government’s Pubic Sector Decarbonisation Fund has £1 billion to give away but public sector bodies that require funding to be transferred between government departments must claim by Monday 9 November which all other organisations – including NHS trusts, foundations and bodies – need to put in their applications by Monday 11 January 2021.

For those wishing to use the fund to upgrade their LED lighting must include a  a ‘heat decarbonisation plan’ as part of the application. 

There are four groups of lighting included in the scheme, all of which earn decarbonisation ‘points’ on the basis of how effective they are rated.

They are: new LED lighting (25 points), retrofit LED sources into the same fitting (13), discrete lighting controls (9) and centralised lighting controls (10).

Priority will be given to projects with an early implementation date.

Eligible applicants include central government departments, non-departmental government bodies, the emergency services, institutions of further and higher education including universities, local authorities, maintained schools within the state education system, academies, multi-academy trusts, free schools, nursery schools maintained by a local authority, NHS trusts and foundation trusts and non-departmental public bodies.

Eligible organisations can apply for up to 100 per cent grant funding for projects which meet the compliance criteria.

‘As this a grant and not a loan, there is simply no time to waste,’ Kevin Cox, managing director at Energys Group, told Lux

‘This is a major opportunity on the path to realising the UK’s 2050 Net Zero emissions targets. 

‘We’re well aware that the deadlines are tight – and we anticipate significant excess demand for this money so time is of the essence. 

‘The low carbon sector must do all it can to work swiftly to support those who may be eligible; the first stage is to simply establish whether they are able to take advantage of the fund.’ 

‘There is a considerable amount of pre-application work that needs to be undertaken by an energy professional before an application can be made.’

The £1 billion scheme is part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Jobs 2020 plan to support the UK’s economic recovery from Covid-19.

He hopes to support up to 30,000 skilled jobs in the low carbon and energy efficiency sectors. 

The scheme will also support the government’s net zero and clean growth goals. 

It will reduce non-traded carbon emissions from the public sector by up to 0.1 MtCO2e/year and up to 0.5 MtCO2e over each of Carbon Budget 4 and Carbon Budget 5. 

This is equivalent to taking nearly 45,000 cars off the road.