Access the guidance for all seven themes to decarbonise your public sector buildings and sites

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Public Sector Decarbonisation: All Guides

Who should use this guidance?

This Public Sector Decarbonisation Guidance was commissioned by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) and the Government Property Function to help public sector bodies and their decarbonisation partners understand the best route to Net Zero. We aim to help deliver decarbonisation projects at scale, as well as support grant funding applications, to enable rapid progress on reducing carbon emissions.

This Guidance takes learnings from the Modern Energy Partners (MEP) programme and expertise from across Energy Systems Catapult to provide guidance on heat decarbonisation and energy management.

MEP was a £12.4m collaborative, cross-departmental innovation programme led by Energy Systems Catapult and funded BEIS’s Energy Innovation Portfolio. The programme was overseen by BEIS and the Cabinet Office, with additional match funding from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and NHS pathfinder sites.

The MEP programme focused on learning-by-doing, carrying out specific activities and generating consistent repeatable approaches for scalable delivery of decarbonisation, taking into account whole system thinking on high energy using campus-style sites.

Developing your strategy: Main Guide

This guide supports you to develop your decarbonisation strategy and programme with the aim of reducing energy demand and eliminating fossil fuels across your estate.

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Developing your Strategy: Extra Guides

Develop a data-led organisational strategy to decarbonise your public sector buildings and sites

Discover eight available guides

 

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  • What could decarbonisation look like for you?
  • Understanding your energy data
  • Stakeholder engagement and communications guide
  • Skills and capabilities guide
  • Understanding your timelines guide
  • Guidance for the estimator tools
  • Supporting local authority senior leaders to tackle the climate emergency
  • Greenhouse gas reporting guide
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What could decarbonisation look like for you?

This guide provides insight into what an overall decarbonisation solution could look like – including various examples of technology and how they can work together.

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Understanding your energy data

This short guide helps you to understand your energy data better and how it can inform your strategy and programme development.

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Stakeholder engagement and communications guide

This guide helps you think about your stakeholder engagement and communications plans and how these are critical to the success of your programme.

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Skills and capabilities guide

This guide covers the skills and capabilities, including referral links to other Public Sector Decarbonisation Guidance, that might be required for each of the activities you and your team need to undertake to deliver a decarbonisation programme.

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Understanding your timelines guide

It can typically take over two years to complete the delivery of decarbonisation projects. This guidance helps you consider what needs to be included in your plan, considering both the strategic high level and the low level project activity required to decarbonise.

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Guidance for the estimator tools

This document is the user guide for the business as usual estimator, the decarbonisation intervention estimator and the high-level decarbonisation intervention estimator.

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High-level decarbonisation intervention estimator user guide

This document is the user guide for the High-level decarbonisation intervention estimator.

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Supporting local authority senior leaders to tackle the climate emergency

This publication is designed to inform and inspire local authority senior leadership to close the gap between climate ambition and action. It includes the actions senior leaders should take, and signposts the available support.

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Greenhouse gas reporting guide

This guide covers the basics for greenhouse gas emissions monitoring and reporting. It details the different routes you might use to voluntarily, and the associated benefits, as well as mandatory disclosures for public sector organisations. 

Feasibility and design: Main Guide

As part of your strategy development, you should have a clear picture of your estate, emissions and the prioritised projects you wish to take forward. This guide covers undertaking feasibility and design studies, including information on the different types of studies and how to ensure they support your funding applications and ultimately reduce CO2 emissions.

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Design & Feasibility: Extra Guides

Develop detailed feasibility studies for investible decarbonisation measures, for example low carbon heating, aligned to your overall strategy

Discover five available guides

 

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  • Local Distribution Network Operator (DNO) capacity guidance
  • Decarbonisation Pathway Report
  • Site survey and building audits guide
  • Site energy demand estimator guide
  • How to treat technologies and what to ask for

 

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Local Distribution Network Operator (DNO) capacity guidance

A guide on how to establish, at a high level, what the local Distribution Network Operator (DNO) electricity capacity is for a site.

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Decarbonisation Pathway Report

An example of the output of decarbonisation planning activity, providing a carbon reduction pathway for a site using visual and quantitative information to enable decarbonisation planning and detailed design activity, allowing carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Site survey and building audits guide

This guide provides a description of how to carry out a site survey along with a helpful checklist.

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Site energy demand estimator guide

This document is the user guide for the ‘site energy demand estimator’.

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How to treat technologies and what to ask for

Procurement: Main Guide

This guide aims to help you navigate your net zero procurement processes with your procurement team. It covers the basics of public sector procurement, why it is important to make the right procurement decisions, and helps you to understand the routes available.

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