Entrust is committed to improving its environmental impacts and convincing school leaders to think about creating a greener, more energy efficient environment for our children to flourish in.
Entrust, a joint venture between Capita and Staffordshire County Council has worked with numerous schools, colleges, and district councils to deliver ambitious decarbonisation programmes across Staffordshire. The programmes not only reduce carbon but save money for schools and colleges, leaving more funding to spend on materials for learning.
The Property Team works to secure national funding for schools and colleges for decarbonisation programmes.
On securing the funding, the team will undertake a holistic review of energy efficiency with the aim of reducing carbon output across a whole site. This usually includes suggestions for more efficient boilers, modern lighting systems, robust insulation, and digital controls.
For example, the team secured national funding in excess of £800,000 to deliver a staged project in carbon reduction at Chase Terrace Academy.
The swimming pool and the plant room are the highest carbon usage areas within the site. The team will replace their fossil fuel heat source with an air source heat pump to reduce emissions. The project also includes LED lighting installation, heat recovery, and thermal insulation. After the works have taken place, there will be an annual saving of 400 tonnes of carbon from this academy alone!
If we could achieve decarbonisation of this scale across the 25,000 schools in England, as well as 343 local authorities, just think what an impact this could have! We’d be well on the way to supporting the government’s net zero targets…
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