SSE Energy Solutions, has embarked on an ambitious project to reduce carbon emissions by 90% across 11 Harris Federation academies in South East England.

Funded through the UK Government's Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), the £14.3 million project will overhaul heating systems, building controls, and electrical infrastructure across buildings in South London and Kent.

The initiative is forecast to reduce Harris Federation’s collective emissions by over 38,000 tonnes of CO2 - the equivalent of planting 1.73 million trees.

Upgrades will include replacing gas boilers with energy-efficient air source heat pumps, installing advanced building energy management systems, and upgrading ageing electrical infrastructure. Renewable energy technologies will also be incorporated where feasible.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the project is expected to significantly reduce energy costs for the academies over its 20-year course.

Grant Widlake is business director at SSE Energy Solutions’ Smart Buildings. He said: “At SSE Energy Solutions, we’re committed to partnering with all our business customers to deliver bespoke solutions enabling them to reduce their energy consumption, emissions, and costs. Reducing emissions from non-domestic buildings is critical to accelerating the UK's transition to Net Zero and as a dedicated business energy supplier, this is a key focus for our business.”

Tom Webster, director of estates and commercial at the Harris Federation, said: “The grant we have received from the Public Sector Decarbonisation scheme is a win-win, enabling us to make significant savings over time and thus plough more of our money directly into children’s education, whilst also playing our part in delivering a net zero future.”