This section provides an overview of relevant Government policies, standards and advice on a range of aspects relating to sustainable schools which need to be considered in planning for a sustainable school estate - Building Better Schools, Climate Change Act, Energy, Building Standards, Biodiversity, Planning System, Carbon Reduction Commitment, Construction Procurement Manual, Sustainable Procurement Action Plan for Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland.
The Carbon Trust study Building the Future, today, published in January 2010, assessed the role which non-domestic buildings (including schools) can and must play in helping the UK's transition to a low carbon economy. The publication concluded that almost all of the carbon reduction measures which are available today will need to be implemented in order to achieve an 80 per cent carbon reduction from the non-domestic building stock, which will be required to meet the Climate Change (Scotland) Act (2009), by 2050. The electricity supply will need to decarbonise, both new and existing buildings will need to use less energy, and low/zero carbon energy generation on and near buildings will be needed. This represents a major challenge for the management of the school estate, but also a big opportunity as significant long term savings are achievable.