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The Council’s Climate Change Strategy, and Greener Futures Climate Change Delivery Plan, set out how the Council will achieve the 2030 net zero carbon target for its own estate and operations. Emissions from the Council’s corporate estate make up the majority of the emissions within the scope of the 2030 target and as a result officers, over the last two years officers have been drawing in grant funding, developing and delivering schemes to decarbonise buildings within the corporate estate.
The Council has successfully bid for grant funding from Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS3b) to support the delivery of a number of decarbonisation and solar rooftop measures in a number of schools and buildings in the corporate estate.
Due to time pressures resulting from the grant funding criteria, coupled with the restrictions in only being able to install measures in schools during the school holidays, on 27 June 2023 Cabinet approved the governance approach for this programme, delegating approval of the business case to the Cabinet Member for Environment. This report requests approval of the solar rooftop and decarbonisation business case for identified schools by the Cabinet Member for Environment, which is the governance mechanism approved by Cabinet in June 2023.
The Cabinet Member approved the business case for the solar rooftops and the PSDS3b schools decarbonisation projects included in Appendix A of the report.