On 23rd March 2021 Government announced a £562 million fund to upgrade 50,000 households in social housing and domestic properties. The upgrades will be green improvements focusing on deep insulation, heat pumps and solar panels.
The fund aims to help households save money on their bills, create around 8,000 jobs in the energy sector per year and to help reduce carbon emissions.
What measures will be included in the £562 million fund?
The measures included in the upgrades are:
- Cavity wall insulation
- Underfloor insulation
- Loft insulation
- Replacing gas boilers with low carbon alternatives (e.g., heat pumps)
- Solar panels
The Government scheme aims to help those on low-incomes make their homes more energy-efficient by using renewable technologies to power their homes. Kwasi Kwarteng, UK Business and Energy Secretary, said, “We are ensuring households across the country enjoy warmer homes that are cheaper to heat and emit fewer emissions – all while creating new work for local plumbers, builders and tradespeople.”
How will the scheme help toward Net Zero by 2050?
According to estimates, emissions from domestic properties account for around 25% of carbon emissions in the UK. The green home projects that the Government have announced are expected to help cut over 70,000 tonnes of carbon per year.
Who has received funding and how much?
The funding will be split as follows:
- Aberdeen City Council – £2.2 million to retrofit 100 homes.
- Argyll & Bute Council – £1.2 million to retrofit 130 homes across 12 islands.
- South Tyneside Council – £5.35 million to upgrade 1,570 properties within certain towns.
- Leeds City Council – almost £10 million to retrofit up to 600 homes.
- Manchester City Council – £3.12 million to upgrade 164 homes.
- Mansfield District Council – under £1 million to retrofit 140 homes.
- Wychavon District Council – £5.8 million to upgrade 236 properties.
- Portsmouth City Council – £9.4 million to upgrade 1,200 homes.
- Fenland District Council – £4.5 million to upgrade 160 social housing properties.
- Cornwall County Unitary Authority and Cornwall Council – £2.5 million to find innovative approaches to retrofit up to 300 homes.
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in partnership with London School of Economics and Build Test Solutions – £19.4 million to upgrade 535 low-incomes homes.
Faisal Hussain, HIES Chief Executive, comments:
“We are pleased to see more funding provided by Government to help achieve greener living across England and Scotland. Increasing the energy efficiency of homes is a vital component to mitigating climate change and this new funding is another step forward in helping us to achieve the Government’s target of Net Zero by 2050.”