Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield have been awarded a share in £12million worth of funds
These cities will be trialling the Green Deal, which after suffering set backs recently is due to come in to play during the beginning of 2013.
The funding for the cities was allocated based on their population, but then further adjusted dependent on the relationship of their proposal to the Green Deal, and the range of properties, initiatives and measures included alongside the overall deliverability of their proposals.
Through further match funding the cities involved are planning to refurbish over 2,500 existing domestic and non-domestic properties.
The DECC marked each of the cities proposals to reduce energy demand and lower their carbon emissions as ‘ambitious’.
This funding will provide the opportunity to test elements of the Green Deal framework, particularly assessment and installation, and will provide vital feedback for future development. It will also provide these cities with support for future Green Deal activity; raising awareness of the government initiative through show homes, community engagement, and support to local supply chains, Green Deal advisors and installers.
Manchester plans to use their funding to support community based work through the city council and the local organisation, Carbon Co-op. Their pilot will include energy assessments, the installation of energy saving measures, access to low interest loans and post occupancy monitoring and evaluation.
Jonathan Atkinson of the Carbon Co-op said, ‘The Green Deal will only work by giving householders choices – not just of the company they deal with but how that company operates. We are testing the idea that there are lots of people in Greater Manchester who want a share in this process and that a mutually owned approach will be an effective mechanism to deal with fuel poverty and climate change’.