Case Studies


Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)

Client: Various Multi Academy Trusts
Value: £8.8M
Location: National
Sector: Education,
Services: Education Funding, Sustainability,


In September 2020 the UK Government announced the £1bn PSDS funding for energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects to be administered by Salix Finance. In response, over 50 of our clients requested support in surveys to gathering asset data across their estates to support grant fund applications.

The Brief

The Government’s announcement resulted in the rapid mobilisation of a large team of building surveyors and engineers to inspect our client’s sites, capturing asset data on plant, building fabric etc. The survey programme needed to be completed in a 3-month period to meet timelines for applications.

The Solution

The Barker Team successfully completed over 370 audits in less than three months.

Following completion of the data capture, the team then used our EO Portal data analytics to support the financial modelling to support capital bids for projects such as PV Panels, LED lighting. Of those we put forward, a staggering 131 projects were approved. With funding secured, the Barker team have mobilised projects on various sites with the view to delivering them by March 2022 deadline.

In securing nearly £10m in capital funding through the PSDS scheme, Barker have enabled our clients to hit many of their decarbonisation goals including reducing operational costs, generating major carbon savings and engaging with students on climate change. Crucially, this has enabled many trusts to embark on a long-term energy efficiency programme using savings and data to facilitate future programmes of work.

A summary of decarbonisation measures and anticipated outputs is shown below.


Total Number of PSDS Projects   131 
Total Value of PSDS Projects   £8.79M 
Total Carbon Saves (Tonnes per annum)  1,180 
Total Financial Savings (£ per annum)  £1.38M 
Number of LED lights installed  26,800 
Number of Solar PV panels installed  9,050 
"We installed the Mindsett Prism to help find energy efficiency opportunities but it ended up preventing a school closure. By identifying plant that was close to failure we were able to replace a main pumpset in a controlled way saving us money and avoiding huge operational disruption."
- Carl Wyatt – Site Manager, Corby Business Academy

Our Solutions

Our solutions empower transformation in asset and energy management, achieving levelling up agendas and facilitating the implementation of place-based decarbonisation programmes on a large scale, quickly and effectively.

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