Luton Borough Council

Key information


Phase 1 Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

Technologies used:

Solar PV, Air source heat pump, LED lighting


East of England

Client type:

Local authority

Estimated savings


Annual savings


Total grant value


Annual carbon savings tCO2e*

Working with Salix

Project overview

As part of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, Luton Borough Council has been awarded £7.74m in government funding which it is investing in local buildings to reduce carbon emissions across 16 schools, 6 community centres, 2 council offices, Town Hall and Central Library.

It is estimated the technologies installed will reduce carbon emissions by 1,263 tonnes of CO2 annually.

The updates include:

  • Installing 18 Air Source Heat Pumps across the borough
  • LED lighting
  • Solar panels fitted at 8 sites

The project supports the Council’s efforts to decarbonize energy sources in public buildings to achieve net zero by 2040.

Tackling climate change is a priority for us. The Salix grant funding is excellent for the council as it enables us to move away from traditional fossil-fuel heating systems.

Tom Shaw Councillor

Luton’s climate action plan

Luton Borough Council has set out plans to reach net zero emissions by 2040.

To support this goal, the council plans to:  

  • Achieve 9% year on year reduction in energy consumption for the corporate estate
  • Encourage and enable energy saving behaviour by all council staff and visitors
  • Engage with the community, businesses and key organisations to raise awareness of climate change
  • Encourage procurement of emerging low carbon technologies

October 2021

*tonnes of Carbon Dioxide, calculated using Green Book emissions factors for electricity published by the government.

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