We’re pleased to announce that we’ve secured a contract with one of the big six energy suppliers to deliver part of their Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding. The contract runs for the duration of the ECO2 transition period which continues until September 2018.
ECO is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain designed to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The legislation places an obligation on energy suppliers of a certain size to fund the installation of a variety of energy saving measures into domestic properties in order to meet certain carbon reduction and fuel saving targets.
Our contract covers funding for both Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO) and Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO). The latter of which is specifically targeted at the fuel poor in that it is only available to those on qualifying benefits. Under HHCRO, energy companies provide insulation and heating improvements to qualifying low-income and vulnerable households in private rented or owner occupied properties.
It is well documented that the physical impacts of living in a cold home cause unnecessary suffering and premature mortality. Studies have even shown that living in a cold home is a bigger killer than smoking, lack of exercise and alcohol abuse. In addition, the financial stress and anxiety over energy bills can cause or exacerbate mental health problems.
Through our new ECO2 transition contract we will be responsible for the installation of low cost energy efficiency measures into domestic properties through our national framework of approved contractors. The energy efficiency measure that we will be installing include:
- Loft insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Room in roof insulation
- Under floor insulation
- Gas to gas qualifying boiler replacements
- Non gas qualifying boiler replacements
We will also be delivering funding for larger scale district heating schemes where heat is generated in one source and distributed to an entire district or group of buildings.