Public Buildings: Coronavirus

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 10th June 2020.

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Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to undertake works to increase the energy efficiency of public sector buildings whilst they have reduced occupancy.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

BEIS provides funding for energy efficiency projects in the public sector through the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme. This funding, managed by Salix Finance, has delivered over 17,000 projects since the scheme started in 2004, significantly improving energy performance in the public sector. The capital pot for England totals £385 million at the end of 2020/21.

Salix have continued to operate the scheme during the Covid-19 lockdown period and public sector organisations are still able to apply for zero interest loans to cover their energy efficiency work.

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