Helping communities make the most of the Green Deal

Building on the successful PlanLoCaL approach

PlanLoCaL: energy efficiency and the Green Deal won
the 2013 Sustainability Communicator of the year prize 
at the national ENDS Green Economy Awards.


The Green Deal was launched by the Government in January 2013. It aims to underpin a significant upgrading of the UK housing stock, with millions of homes made more energy efficient through measures such as insulation, boiler upgrades and improved heating controls.

CSE believes that enabling communities to participate effectively in Green Deal will be a key factor in its success. Informed and organised community groups and organisations can:

  • build consumer interest and demand for Green Deal and low carbon refurbishment
  • create social norms around low carbon home improvements
  • ensure offers being made to local households are appropriate for local properties
  • back up Green Deal installations with advice and support around minimising disruption and helping households ensure the measures achieve their anticipated impact

“There's a range of ways in which community groups can help bring warmer homes and reduced energy bills to their neighbourhoods,” says CSE’s Bridget Newbery. “We've developed the PlanLoCaL pack on the Green Deal and energy efficiency to provide informed, practical guidance on a range of approaches, including how to get the best out of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation.

“The more ambitious and resourceful groups may even develop social enterprises to train and employ local people to fulfil some Green Deal functions, for example as Green Deal Assessors or contractors to accredited installers.”

PlanLoCaL: energy efficiency and the Green Deal | www.planlocal.org.uk

Funded by DECC, we have developed a comprehensive new pack in our PlanLoCaL toolkit. 'PlanLoCaL: energy efficiency and the Green Deal' includes 88 new written resources, including information sheets, exercises, advice leaflets, games, case studies, and presentations. There are also 12 animated short films that provide guidance and advice from the communities team and community groups who have run energy efficiency schemes. It's all available online in a new section of www.planlocal.org.uk or as a printed pack in a special binder with the films on DVD.

The resources help community groups – and local authorities who want to support them – to:

  1. Understand Green Deal and its associated rules and regulations (including the Energy Company Obligation)
  2. Be familiar with the energy saving opportunities in the local housing stock
  3. Appreciate what’s involved in fitting the main energy efficiency and heating measures available under Green Deal and the behavioural responses needed from households to ensure they deliver savings
  4. Develop skills and knowledge to communicate energy saving information and organise local initiatives
  5. Appreciate the financial value being generated through their work (and the Green Deal more widely) and negotiate effectively with Green Deal partners

To order a pack or find out more, contact planlocal@cse.org.uk

The tour and an award

In July, we took the resources on tour, with a series of roadshows aimed at helping community energy groups to get energy efficiency projects off the ground.

And in November, PlanLoCaL: energy efficiency and the Green Deal won the Sustainability Communicator of the year prize at the national ENDS Green Economy Awards.


Read more about how CSE is engaging with the Green Deal here.

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