Salford is getting £5m government funding to make energy efficiency upgrades to the city’s public buildings, which will help cut emissions and create new jobs.
The funding is part of £78m for Greater Manchester to support energy efficiency upgrades to more than 150 public buildings across the city-region.
The award was the result of a successful bid from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and 14 other partners to the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
Public buildings and organisations that are set to benefit from the funding include leisure centres, children’s homes, park pavilion buildings and the civic centre.
The measures will include the installation of air source heat pumps which will replace gas heated boilers and solar panels to generate and create electricity.
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.
Councillor Mike McCusker, Executive Support Member for Planning, Housing and Sustainable Development, said: “We’re committed to tackling the climate emergency and working with other Greater Manchester councils to become a carbon neutral city-region by 2038. The funding will add to the work we are doing to help reduce carbon emissions in the city.
“Investment in decarbonisation schemes will support a green recovery from the pandemic. It will create and protect jobs in Salford, fostering the skills we need to keep cutting emissions and create a more sustainable future.”
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. More information on how to make a home more energy efficient.
The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme was launched in October 2020 and offered local authorities grants of up to 100 per cent of the cost of upgrading public buildings, with the aim that worked will be carried out and decarbonisation measures in effect by the end of September.