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£14m skills fund for public sector low carbon skills launched

19 May 2022

Applications to the Salix Finance Phase 3 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF) can be made from 15 June.

It is intended to provide grants to applicants to allow them to fund the provision of expert advice and create skills to create or improve the heat decarbonisation plans for their public sector facilities.

Phase 3 of the LCSF is designed to deliver and support another aspect of the drive to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Those with established heat decarbonisation plans will also be able to apply for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and benefit from a range of energy efficiency measures.

Successful applicants may also be able to secure additional capital funding for further decarbonisation initiatives.

Salix Finance chief executive officer Annie Sheppard OBE said the announcement will "pave the way for public sector organisations to lead the way in reducing their carbon footprint in the UK".

Ms Sheppard further stated that her organisation has "a great team who are ready to support all public sector organisations who want to be part of this scheme".

The scheme is launched in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy (BEIS), with Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan stating that £2.5bn proved via the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme is "saving public sector organisations and taxpayers millions of pounds each year by making our buildings cheaper and more efficient to heat".

Successful applicants to the LCSF scheme will need to complete heat decarbonisation plans by 31 March 2023.

Those seeking more information can do so by emailing

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