Salix Finance has announced the next phase for Low Carbon Skills Fund grants

28 March 2024

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has made available £16m of grants. This is intended to “provide public sector bodies funding to boost decarbonisation skills and unlock decarbonisation in the public sector.”

What is the purpose of the grant?
Decarbonising the way buildings are heated is one of the greatest challenges in the UK’s journey to meeting its 2050 Net Zero target. Most public sector buildings rely on fossil fuel-based heating and expert skills are needed so you can take the next steps towards implementing a robust heat decarbonisation plan.

What could a grant mean for you – our public sector clients?
A grant could provide you access to the expert advice and skills you need to create a robust energy-efficiency and decarbonisation plan that supports your journey towards Net Zero Carbon. The resulting project proposals will put you in a stronger strategic position to achieve alternative grants from different funding sources.

How Ridge can help
Our experts are experienced in developing delivery strategies, preparing complex costings and providing response support for Salix Finance applications.

We have worked on multiple projects with a focus on decarbonisation across many sectors: delivering local heat networks (lifting people out of fuel poverty); leisure facilities (swimming pool); hospital and university solutions.

Telford and Wrekin Council – Newport Swimming Pool Refurbishment and Decarbonisation

Telford and Wrekin Council secured Salix Funding in line with the council’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030. Our Building Surveyors led the carbon reduction and energy efficiency scheme by installing new air source heat pumps for the pool and heating systems. We carried out thermal improvements to the building envelope, reduced the pool depth and improved the lighting and ventilation systems to achieve further efficiencies.


Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council – Darley House

For this £20m project, our Building Services Engineering team removed the legacy electric panel heaters and installed a new central system of air source heat pumps and water-to-water heat pumps in 200 flats. This provides an efficient and sustainable heating service. The scheme targets fuel poverty, by replacing the expensive panel heaters with a new communal heating system that has significantly improved the thermal performance, cut carbon emissions and reduced the residents’ heating costs.

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