New school retrofit model will revolutionise the path to net zero


EQUANS launches a new product that will help make school buildings more sustainable

Every school in the UK will be able to access free online teaching materials

Children will be encouraged to become carbon literate and to champion the net zero agenda

EQUANS, the new name for ENGIE’s services led activities, has launched a school retrofit model that promises to support the Government’s 2050 net zero carbon ambitions through a two-pronged approach: decarbonsing the buildings; and encouraging the teachers and children who use them to get involved in the net zero agenda.

There are 32,000 schools across the UK and just a small number can boast net zero carbon credentials. EQUANS believes that schools sit at the very heart of communities, presenting a valuable opportunity to influence positive behaviours and strengthen support for the net zero transition.

School Zero is an innovative, holistic and flexible model, in which EQUANS collects and analyses energy and carbon data, surveys buildings, benchmarks current emissions and then plans impactful decarbonisation measures to achieve net zero carbon in operation. This can be achieved quickly through a comprehensive range of measures, such as improving heating system controls, swapping gas boilers, installing thermal efficient windows and doors, providing EV charge points, installing smart building sensors and also enhancing school grounds with tree planting.

EQUANS has also invested in high quality curriculum materials and built a portal of useful information for teachers. It has developed a range of bespoke ‘free to all’ materials for Key Stage 1 and 2 including ‘TED’ style talks for teachers to support and grow their understanding of climate change and help them better engage pupils and local communities on the agenda. This aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and it is hoped this will help pupils understand the part they can play in creating a cleaner, greener, more sustainable world. 

Through early research and school engagement, EQUANS has already been appointed by several organisations that are actively looking to decarbonise their school estates, all of whom will be encouraged to engage with the School Zero portal and upload their own content to be shared with other schools.

EQUANS is also proactively engaging senior Government officials to promote greater prominence of climate, sustainability and net zero carbon within the National Curriculum.

For more information about School Zero, visit here.  For further information on EQUANS, visit here.

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