The government has committed £635 million to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme in order for public sector organisations to install low carbon heating and additional energy efficiency measures.

The funding comes as part of a wider aim to inject £1.425 billion into the scheme between 2022 and 2025 as part of their goal to reduce emissions from public sector buildings by 75 per cent, compared to 2017 levels, by 2037.

Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan stated: “We are already delivering upgrades to hundreds of public buildings across England, making them cheaper to run and saving taxpayers millions of pounds each year.”

“By helping even more public sector bodies ditch costly fossil fuels, we are taking an important step towards a more sustainable future while driving economic growth across the country and continuing to support tens of thousands of jobs” he continued.

The government highlighted that, over the next 15 years, these upgrades will help public organisations and taxpayers to save an average of £650 million each year on energy bills.

Anthony Baker, Founder and CEO of Satellite Vu, commented: “As we strive towards our collective net zero targets, retrofitting and upgrading existing buildings is a key effort to improving energy efficiency, and the government should be applauded for their action with the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.”

“The secret to successful deployment of funds and to accelerate the benefits of retrofitting for public sector organisations is to leverage thermal monitoring technologies, such as infrared satellites, which can identify the worst offending buildings in an organisation’s portfolio, enabling them to take targeted action with energy efficiency improvements.”

The investment comes as part of a wider £2.5 billion plan to upgrade schools, hospitals, and town halls, in addition to hundreds of public buildings across the UK.