Late last year the Government announced it would be supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future.
The Sustainability Contestable Fund from the Ministry of Education has been established to support schools to reduce their environmental impact and improve their operational efficiency. The Fund can be used to support projects that achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
- Replacement or conversion of systems that require non-renewable energy sources (e.g. coal boilers)
Reduction in energy usage
- Reduction of waste and/or increased recycling
- Reduction of carbon (CO2) emissions through the use of new technology, infrastructure or energy sources
- Increased energy resilience, especially for rural and remote schools
- Other property projects that have a positive environmental impact.
Information about the fund can be found here.
Want to know why your school should consider using wood energy?
Find some information at the EECA (Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority) website and some further information on the Bioenergy Association website.