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Solihull School

Case study: Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's 80 schools spend £3.3m on energy costs each year and contribute to over 70% of carbon emissions from the council's estate. Working with the Carbon Trust the council developed a programme for local schools to help them reduce their emissions and energy spend, helping to meet the council’s own targets for a 30% cut in carbon.

A mixture of thirteen primary and secondary schools participated in the pilot and are now on track to save an average of 24% on energy bills, the majority of which will come from no cost measures. When rolled out to the entire borough Solihull Council could save almost 4,000 tonnes of carbon and £650,000 each year.

“The programme was timely and extremely helpful to Solihull in enabling us to develop a framework of support for our schools. Having a dedicated Carbon Trust advisor on hand to provide that professional input was invaluable to help take the project forwards and in the right direction to achieving our ambitious targets.” Cllr Ian Courts, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

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Public sector bodies have a significant carbon footprint, sizeable associated energy bills which are getting bigger every year and most importantly the ability to extend their influence beyond their own estate and operations throughout whole communities. This influence extends across a range of carbon sensitive themes including procurement, planning, local business engagement and education.

For over 14 years the Carbon Trust has been working closely with the public sector and across regions both in the UK and overseas to help public bodies to reduce energy use without impacting on services, helping them to cut unnecessary spending and become more efficient, while also tackling the urgent need to cut emissions to reduce the risk of damaging climate change.

Our experience

Since 2001, our technical and strategic support has helped more than 3,000 public sector organisations both in the UK and overseas to cut their energy bills by over £700million, while reducing their carbon emissions by more than 17.5 million tonnes. Pipeline savings that we we’re helping the public sector to achieve total over £2.5bn.  

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How we can help

We have developed tailored services to support a range of public sector organisations.  

The Carbon Trust helped us develop a plan we could present to the Board. The advice we received has been a useful combination of simple steps and long-term measures which, together, will achieve tangible cost and carbon savings.
Alexandra HammondSustainability Manager, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

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Technical support

Assistance with carbon reduction and energy efficiency projects from independent and experienced Carbon Trust engineers. We can help you with feasibility studies, building energy surveys, renewables surveys, lighting surveys as well as advice on low carbon and low cost building refurbishment and new builds. We can also help you to calculate a carbon baseline and to quantify and prioritise carbon reduction projects.

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Organisational engagement support

Tailored support to facilitate the internal engagement of employees, as well as the external engagement of partners, suppliers and customers in building and communicating the business case for carbon reduction.

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Software and tools

We have developed dedicated software and tools to support your organisation:

  • Carbon Trust Empower is designed to help employees make energy savings in the workplace and to help the whole organisation to manage its carbon footprint. There is also a dedicated version of Empower for Schools
  • The Public Sector Carbon Network is a free online discussion forum on low carbon issues exclusively for public sector bodies
  • Our free Low Carbon Planning Toolkit, Enplanner helps local authority planners to integrate energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy sources cost effectively into new developments.
  • Carbon Management Tools - We have a range of recently updated carbon management tools designed to help public sector organisations understand their carbon footprint, identify and quantify carbon saving opportunities and manage the project implementation phase. Please contact if you would like to find out more.
  • Engage your local small businesses in resource efficiency through our free to subscribe SME Carbon Network.


Decentralised energy support

Decentralised energy projects can generate lasting cost and carbon savings, and protect against future energy price rises. They can also deliver broader social objectives such as ensuring security of supply and addressing fuel poverty.

The Carbon Trust’s support is primarily focused on developing heat based projects, such as a CHP plant serving a commercial building; a waste-to-energy system using household refuse or industrial waste as a source of fuel; or a gasification plant burning sustainable biomass. This service helps public bodies to determine the best technical solutions, project governance and finance options for district heating networks and decentralised energy schemes, and also assists with intelligent procurement and market engagement.

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Frameworks we are on

Buy For Good – a Community Interest Company, awarding locality based contracts and frameworks, (Purchasing Agreements), for use by the public, Third Sector and private sector organisations. The framework aims to deliver continuously improving social, economic, and environmental benefits to the community and the buyer. Purchasing Agreements are awarded in full compliance with the EU Procurement Directive and negate the need for public sector buyers to run their own EU compliant procurement exercise.

Essentia Strategic Energy Advisory Framework – This framework is open to any public sector body in the UK, and covers the provision of M&V services, energy audits, and strategic advice on energy reduction and ESCO measures in large public bodies.


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