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Ambitious Welsh Government green scheme is launched to help tackle climate change

Salix CEO Emma Clancy

A GREEN scheme aimed at further and higher education has been launched today aimed at helping Wales meet its 2030 net zero ambition.

Digarbon, the decarbonisation fund for the tertiary education sector in Wales, has been launched by the Welsh Government with full details released including criteria.

It will provide £20m of loan funding to the sector aimed at supporting heat decarbonisation, energy efficiency, renewable, and including electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging infrastructure measures.

This funding, which will be delivered by government delivery partner Salix and has been provided by Welsh Government to help the public sector meet its ambition to be net zero by 2030. 

Salix Chief Executive Emma Clancy said: “The new loan programme will enable the education sector to implement further low carbon solutions, reduce  heat demand which is fundamental to delivering our net zero goals.

“Our Wales team cannot wait to get started and we’re looking forward to talking to the sector about the very many innovative solutions that can be applied through this funding.”

Digarbon is available to existing non-domestic buildings owned by eligible Welsh further and higher education institutions and buildings on long-term leases with at least 10 years remaining can be included.

Organisations will be able to apply once the application portal opens in July. The portal will close to applications in August.

Overall, the scheme is designed to help meet the national target set by the UK government to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across the UK by 2050. 

Emma added: “Every day at Salix we have one mission in mind and that is to tackle climate change and to meet our net zero targets.

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“We can only do this by working together, combining our resources and encouraging governments and businesses as well as all of us to take action today.”