Public buildings get £134m to slash energy bills

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Nearly £134m has been awarded to upgrade public buildings in West Midlands with affordable, low carbon heating and energy efficiency measures.

Funding from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme will provide grants to 15 public sector organisations in the region for installing 19 heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency projects.

Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan said: “Installing low carbon systems to heat our civic buildings will help to shield public sector organisations across the West Midlands from a costly reliance on fossil fuels, especially at a time of high global prices.

“From installing heat pumps in fire stations in Worcestershire to upgrading insulation in Birmingham’s hospitals, this funding will save West Midlands taxpayers money each year. We are making their public buildings cheaper to run, heat and cool.”

Decarbonising public sector buildings with energy efficiency and low carbon heat will save local authorities, public bodies and taxpayers in England an estimated average of £650m per year on energy bills to 2037.

Projects where public buildings will be upgraded include: 

More than £52m to install clean heating and energy efficiency measures in Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust being awarded almost £33m to decarbonise New Cross Hospital

Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service receiving £144,940 to install heat pumps at Upton-on-Severn and Tenbury Wells Fire Stations.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust being awarded more than £4m to install heat pumps, solar panels and insulation at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby.

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council being awarded £2.6m to decarbonise Darlaston Leisure Centre