Powering Central Government

We help the Central Government deliver against its net zero targets, while driving maximum value from underutilised real estate and reducing energy costs.

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Every Central Government department is committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050, by reducing carbon emissions across their estate and scaling up the transition to renewable energy.  

Several departments have outlined their own roadmaps to becoming more resilient and sustainable in the face of the challenge presented by climate change:  

  • Ministry of Defence 
    Plans to contribute to the UK’s net zero 2050 target by reducing emissions and scaling up transition to renewables. Project Prometheus has been introduced to invest in renewable energy solutions across the Army. 

  • Ministry of Justice 
    HM Prison Service will be redesigned with emission savings in mind, using heat pumps solar panels and LED lighting to cut carbon emissions by at least 85% compared to prisons already under construction. 

  • Department for Transport 
    Multi-million pound funding has been given to trials of solar used in conjunction with railways, roads and footways. 

  • Department for Education 
    Established a Sustainability and Climate Change Unit to focus on reaching net zero by 2050; becoming resilient to Climate Change; delivering a better environment for future generations; and ensuring citizens are connected to nature. 

Central Government has a very diverse estate, encompassing offices, accommodation, training facilities, and more. This means there’s also lots of diversity in its energy requirements. At the same time, many sites have underutilised real estate – pockets of land that could be the ideal location for onsite renewable energy generation, like a solar PV installation or battery storage asset.  

Centrica Business Solutions can help your department to develop a sustainable, growth-oriented energy strategy that enables you to respond quickly to new opportunities and stakeholder expectations of environmental responsibility. We’ll help you navigate the options that will drive maximum value from your real estate and reduce your overall energy bill – cost savings that can be reinvested into further improvements to government infrastructure.  

Our capabilities in action

Installation of the Army’s first solar farm supports net zero ambitions

Spanning approximately four hectares, we constructed the British Army's first photovoltaic solar farm at the Defence School of Transport (DST) in Leconfield - a 2.3MW installation that's predicted to supply one-third of the site's electricity needs.

Solutions for Central Government 

We deliver a full range of technologies and services that help Central Government to analyse, finance, install, operate and optimise energy. Combined with our whole building approach that encompasses fabric upgrades such as window replacements and roof and wall insulation, our solutions deliver cost efficiency, resilience and sustainability. 

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Delivery for the Public Sector

Find out how we work to meet your objectives.

We help the Public Sector assemble the right technology to achieve your economic and environmental goals – using our unique combination of full lifecycle support, flexible financing and end-to-end accountability.

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