Brand-new Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme launches

On the 30th of September, the Government announced £1 billion worth of funding in a bid to both stimulate innovation, create green jobs and address the climate challenge. The scheme allows public sector bodies (PSBs) to apply for a grant covering up to 100% of the costs of capital energy saving projects.

This news has come in without much prior notice, so we want to expand on some of our clients' FAQs so far and hopefully guide you to a successful application.

You can find the full breakdown of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) eligibility, timeline and our support options here:

PSDS Summary
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What can you apply for?

The good news is the announcement includes a Low Carbon Skills Fund, which means that you can get your consultancy fees covered as well! This can really help your planning and means you could access the best resources from specialists with a track-record in delivering decarbonisation projects.

The range of qualifying technologies is very broad, there's a bit for everyone on the list. These includes but are not limited to:

  • Heating (e.g. air / ground / water source pumps)

  • Compressed Air (air compressor upgrade)

  • IT solutions (e.g. energy efficient file storage, LED monitors, virtualisation, evaporative cooling for ICT)

  • Hand Dryers - replacement to more efficient type

  • Energy generation (e.g. Anaerobic digestion, solar thermal, hydropower)

  • Battery Storage

  • Lighting controls

Who is eligible?

Any public sector organisation; it's worth noting that unfortunately the scheme is only open to those based in England so far.

This includes but it's not limited to:

  • schools and academies

  • emergency services

  • NHS trusts

  • higher and further education institutions

  • central government departments

  • local authorities

What's the deadline?

This depends on your situation, as well as which pot of funding you're applying for, so please check the table below:

It's worth noting that applications and award funding are assessed on a rolling basis, so we recommend that you try to submit yours as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

How can Energise support?

We can be your partner from A to Z. We are already working on developing the right resources and tools, some of which you can already read a bit about:

For more information, get in touch via our website or contact us directly at