The Milton Keynes Carbon Offset Fund scheme had been in place since 2008. It has since gained a high reputation and is highlighted as a Best Practice example in the Mayor of London’s Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Guidance document.
So far, it has achieved carbon savings totalling over 6,600 tonnes and has generated more than £1 million for carbon-saving projects.
Aim of the Milton Keynes Carbon Offset Fund
To achieve carbon savings at least equivalent to the predicted carbon emissions from the relevant new developments.
What we do with the Carbon Offset Fund
On behalf of the council/Carbon Offset Board, we:
- Administer the fund.
- Initiate ideas, programmes and schemes to reduce carbon emissions.
- Market and manage any agreed schemes, ensuring compliance with the fund’s terms and conditions.
- Manage the schemes’ finances.
- Report to the council/Carbon Offset Board on a regular basis.
One of the carbon offset projects we manage is the Milton Keynes Boiler Cashback Scheme. This scheme was launched in 2012 as an incentive to encourage residents to replace old inefficient boilers with new A-rated boilers, by offering a grant towards the cost of replacement. We run the scheme and deal with each applicant from start to finish.
Other Carbon Offset Fund schemes have included:
- Loft and cavity wall insulation. Since it began in 2008, the Carbon Offset Fund successfully operated alongside CERT (which closed in October 2012). Aggregating the Carbon Offset Fund and CERT has been a great success in Milton Keynes, resulting in thousands of loft and cavity insulations taking place throughout the borough. As a result, the number of homes still to be insulated in Milton Keynes has been very much reduced.
- Contribution towards the cost to purchasing the large Energy Performance Certificate data set. This is used to analyse other possible Carbon Offset Fund opportunities to reduce carbon emissions even further in the borough.
New Carbon Offset Fund schemes include:
- An extension of the boiler cashback scheme. An extension to registered housing providers operating within the borough, and to Milton Keynes Council housing. Bids are also invited for Carbon Offset Fund support for projects taking a whole-house approach - ie loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and draught proofing.
- Schools energy saving scheme. Carbon Offset Funding has been made available to assist four schools in the borough that are already signed up in principle for Salix funding, but where specific improvements such boiler refurbishment and lighting upgrades do not qualify. Support from the Carbon Offset Fund will enable these improvement projects to go ahead at best practice level and according to Salix funding specifications.