Time for communities to ’get Green Deal ready’

CSE to help community groups engage actively with Green Deal

24 July 2012

We've won funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to help community groups engage actively with Green Deal and stimulate low carbon housing refurbishment in their neighbourhoods.

Getting ‘Green Deal ready’

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has awarded CSE funding to develop a range resources to help community groups participate in the forthcoming Green Deal.

These will include printed materials, a website and videos designed to give community groups the knowledge, confidence and understanding to prepare effectively for the Green Deal and stimulate low carbon housing refurbishment in their neighbourhoods.

The resources will follow the successful approach we have developed for our PlanLoCaL community renewables resource, and will draw on the high quality learning already embedded in that work. CSE will also review local community initiatives funded under DECC’s Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) to showcase examples of neighbourhood initiatives already leading the way.

Through the Green Deal, which launches later this year, millions of homes are expected to be made more energy efficient through measures such as insulation, boiler upgrades and improved heating controls.

“We believe that community participation will be a key factor in the success of this flagship initiative” said CSE’s Bridget Newbery.

“Communities have shown themselves to be particularly good at building consumer interest in low carbon refurbishment and in creating social norms around energy efficiency and renewables.”

Read more about this project here.

Picture: Bristol Green Doors 

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