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The UK Government has published a new ‘playbook’ detailing how it plans to decarbonise public sector buildings including schools, hospitals and prisons in line with national net-zero targets. The document, published today (23 November) by the Cabinet Office, outlines the practices which should be adopted to deliver the 78% reduction in emissions from the public sector estate that the Government has promised by 2035. Government-owned buildings notably account for around 2% of the UK’s total annual domestic emissions, or around 9% of the UK’s total annual building-related emissions. The Government’s estate is the largest in the UK. Guidance included in the document, which is intended for public sector organisations and government workers, covers all steps of decarbonisation, from updating energy and emissions audits, to securing necessary funding, to installing mature technologies and testing emerging solutions, to monitoring progress post-installation and, finally, offsetting residual emissions. There is advice for both new-build projects and for upgrading or retrofitting existing buildings – including listed and other historic buildings.

Edie 23rd Nov 2021 read more »

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