SSE leads energy partnership to slash carbon emissions by 90% across London school trust

SSE Energy Solutions, a business energy supplier, has set out on a bold endeavor to cut carbon emissions by 90% in 11 Harris Federation academies located in Southeast England.

The £14.3 million project, which is funded by the UK government’s Public Sector Decarbonization Scheme (PSDS), will renovate the electrical infrastructure, building controls, and heating systems in various South London and Kent buildings.

It is anticipated that the program will cut Harris Federation’s overall emissions by more than 38,000 tons of CO2, which is the same as planting 1.73 million trees.

Energy-efficient air source heat pumps will replace gas boilers, sophisticated building energy management systems will be installed, and aging electrical infrastructure will be upgraded. Where possible, renewable energy technology will also be included.

Apart from the ecological advantages, the project is anticipated to result in a notable decrease in the academies’ energy expenses during its two decades, and also showcases SSE Energy Solutions’ proficiency in coordinating extensive decarbonization campaigns.

SSE uses its expertise in energy project planning, engineering design, project management, building controls, and renewable technology integration.

This experience spans from the early stages of project conception and design to long-term monitoring and verification.

Grant Widlake is Business Director at SSE Energy Solutions’ Smart Buildings. He said:

“At SSE Energy Solutions, we’re committed to partnering with all our business customers to deliver bespoke solutions enabling them to reduce their energy consumption, emissions, and costs.

Reducing emissions from non-domestic buildings is critical to accelerating the UK’s transition to Net Zero and as a dedicated business energy supplier, this is a key focus for our business.

“This project with Harris Federation exemplifies our approach to decarbonising buildings – overlaying effective building controls with other solutions like air source heat pumps, solar PV, and battery storage to create substantial emissions reductions.

“Our team are experts in conceptualising and delivering low-carbon retrofits across the public and private sectors and want to help many other organisations like the Harris Federation benefit from the opportunities of a low-carbon building estate.”

Tom Webster, director of Estates and Commercial at the Harris Federation, said:

“The grant we have received from the Public Sector Decarbonisation scheme is a win-win, enabling us to make significant savings over time and thus plough more of our money directly into children’s education, whilst also playing our part in delivering a net zero future.”

Source SSE

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