Schools: Carbon Emissions

Department for Education written question – answered on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department issues schools with guidance on reducing their carbon footprint; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Government has committed to reducing UK emissions to net zero by 2050.

The Department is committed to delivering new schools that meet energy efficiency targets and supporting the existing estate to reduce its energy demand through advice, support and capital grants. The Department is surveying the condition of every school through the Condition Data Collection to support the development of future priorities for investment, including measures to achieve zero carbon. This includes projects such as the Good Estate Management website ( and providing loans for new technologies to deliver clean energy.

From 2021, all new schools will be designed to support the net zero carbon reduction targets.

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