Photo of office buildings on Oxford Road, Manchester

Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

What is the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme?

Greater Manchester has been awarded over £78m in Government funding to support energy efficiency upgrades to more than 150 public buildings across the city-region, helping to cut emissions and create new jobs.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority and 14 other partners will be delivering the scheme across Greater Manchester. These are:

  • Bolton Council
  • Bury Council
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Manchester City Council
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Oldham Council
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Rochdale Council
  • Salford Council
  • Stockport Council
  • Tameside Council
  • Trafford Council
  • Wigan Council

Buildings and organisations across the public estate set to benefit from retrofitting measures including the National Cycling Centre, and facilities including leisure centres, schools, and offices.

The measures will include the installation of air source heat pumps for heating, solar panels to generate and create electricity, insulation and LED lighting to improve energy efficiency, and energy monitoring and control systems to ensure these public facilities can accurately measure their energy usage.

In total, the works are expected to support the creation or safeguarding of around 2,000 jobs throughout the city-region and will support the goals of Greater Manchester’s Five-Year Environment Plan, including becoming carbon neutral by 2038 – 12 years ahead of the national target.

The upgrades taking place across the public estate will complement the retrofitting of domestic properties carried out through the GMCA-managed Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, which was recently extended until September. Households with incomes of less than £30,000 can apply for grants worth up to £10,000 towards energy efficiency improvements, helping to save on energy bills and cut emissions.