Innovative Finance Project

Research and collaboration will unlock new funding streams for school decarbonisation 


Upgrading crumbling classrooms is vital to creating zero carbon schools. But schools struggle to access the finance for these much-needed projects. This leaves their carbon emissions stubbornly high, and puts students’ learning and health at risk.  

Through an exciting new partnership with Green Future Investments, Let’s Go Zero will lead, inspire and bring together stakeholders to develop innovative finance solutions for school decarbonisation and retrofit. ​ 

Launching in late 2023, this work will break down the misconceptions and barriers that stop schools seeking finance from government and private sources. And it will unlock new funding to help all schools get to zero carbon. 

What does the Innovative Finance Project involve?

Lead by Let’s Go Zero in collaboration with Green Future Investments:

  • Key government decision makers will regularly come together to explore and innovate finance solutions.​ 
  • Thought leaders from the finance sector will use workshops to explore and innovate new concepts – drawing on their expertise and connections to enable concept pilots.​ 
  • A project team will evolve and explore new groups and concepts for stakeholders to review.​ 
  • External research experts will share examples of best practice from other sectors, to be replicated or learned from. ​ 
  • The project will deliver evidence-based impact: working with researchers and policy lobbyists to prove the case for action on school retrofit.​ 

Want to get involved?

If you interested in unlocking new retrofit funding for climate action in schools and would like to learn more about the project, please email letsgozero@ashden.org. Please note this project will not be giving grants or funding directly to schools. 

In the meantime, if you are a UK school, college, or nursery, you can create change by signing up to the Let’s Go Zero Campaign – or encouraging others to do the same. The more backing the campaign gets, the stronger our call for government action to enable all schools to become zero carbon by 2030. We support participating schools with news about the latest sustainability resources, competitions, funding and other opportunities. 


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