Cherwell District Council (CDC) is a local government authority who are responsible for the towns of Bicester, Banbury, the village of Kidlington and other surrounding areas. CDC declared a climate emergency in 2019 and pledged their commitments to net zero by 2030.
LCMB were appointed to conduct a full energy review of nine of its buildings which range from a museum and sports grounds to several large multipurpose leisure centres. This review identified a series of key energy saving projects that would be used develop a proposal for the Salix, Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
Launched by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme is a £1bn fund designed to encourage green growth across the public sector and affiliated bodies. Applications for Salix Finance are reviewed, and successful projects are awarded funding. The overriding project concept is focused on carbon reduction as the primary driver.
Salix grant funding is challenging to secure as there is plentiful competition from a vast range of public sector organisations. The energy audit and application completed by LCMB successfully secured CDC over £6 million in funding, providing the opportunity to oversee a range of exciting energy projects and see a significant decrease in carbon emissions.