Thank you for contacting me about eco-friendly education buildings.
The Business Secretary has announced his ambition to rebuild our economy in a greener way. The impact of the work that will be done by the five new ‘recovery roundtables’. These groups will consider measures to support economic recovery and ensure we have the right skills and opportunities in place for our workforce.
The Department for Education was already encouraging schools to reduce their impact on the environment prior to coronavirus. Various schemes are available to help schools, including a capital investment programme that will be worth £22 billion between 2017 and 2021. Schools are also able to access the Salix loan scheme, which provides funding to the public sector with loans for projects to improve energy, reduce bills and reduce carbon emissions.
The Department is reviewing building standards and specifications for school buildings to ensure the 2050 net-zero target can be met. This will include data gathering, investigation of appropriate actions and effectiveness of any actions to reduce emissions.
Universities are run independently of government, so it will be for leaders from the higher education sector to consider what they can do to reduce their environmental impact.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.