ECO and Green Deal Guide for Local Authorities Feb 24, 2015


YES Energy Solutions have teamed up with APSE to produce a handy 'how to' guide for Local Authorities to learn about the benefits of introducing ECO and Green Deal initiatives.

It's fair to say that ECO and Green Deal have become something of a minefield since their launch in 2013. There has been a lot of noise made about these flagship Government initiatives, but do Local Authorities really know what they are all about and how they could use them to cut CO2 and reduce fuel poverty?

We have a rich history of Local Authority collaborations and were amongst the first industry pioneers to work under the ECO and Green Deal framework. Whereas APSE are one of the leading Local Authority networks in the UK.

We’re keen to share our knowledge and experience to help Local Authorities take full advantage of the energy saving opportunities from these key Government policies.

The main purpose of the Guide is to strip down all the confusing technical jargon and simply explain how ECO and Green Deal work, what each scheme is trying to achieve and how Local Authorities can get involved.

The Guide, titled – ‘What is ECO and Green Deal?’, provides information on the ECO funding criteria, the full scope of the Green Deal supply chain and how initial property assessments influence how much funding is available to householders.

Andrew Herbert, Chief Executive of YES Energy Solutions hopes that the guide will not only help raise awareness, but give Local Authorities a holistic idea of how these schemes can be used to tackle the national Fuel Poverty crisis:

"Like a lot of Government policy, when you start to dig in you are suddenly confronted with reams of jargon and small print. The principles behind the policy get diluted and can soon become confusing and daunting. If you're not familiar with the industry then a white paper probably won't shed any light.

"By launching our ECO and Green Deal guide, we aim to give Local Authorities a helpful overview in language everyone will understand. These schemes are currently the only energy efficiency programmes tailored to the domestic sector. But there is still a lot of confusion around what they do and what's involved.

"We hope that by using our guide, Local Authorities will get a better understanding of what support is available and why funding rates can fluctuate. Knowledge is power - and with the right kind of advice, Local Authorities can make an informed decision about how to develop ECO and Green Deal schemes, create business partnerships and help thousands of people save energy and reduce their fuel bills."

Mark Bramah, Director of APSE Energy said “ECO and Green Deal has been a minefield for local authorities who are committed to tackling fuel poverty in their communities and improving the energy efficiency of much of their housing stock. Constant changes in policy and funding have played havoc with retrofit programmes. This guide is a timely and useful resource for local authorities who want to know how to get the best out of ECO and Green Deal in the future”.

Hard copies of the guide will be distributed free of charge to Local Authorities through APSE. Alternatively you can download an electronic version here:

What is ECO and Green Deal? – A simple guide for Local Authorities

For more information about APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) and their pioneering work with Local Authorities.

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