Targeting energy efficiency resources in Wales

Providing a resource for the Welsh Assembly Government to improve targeting of energy efficiency measures

Project duration: September 2005 to October 2006

The project aimed to provide a resource for the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), programme managers, health organisations and others that will help improve the targeting of energy efficiency programmes towards areas with high levels of fuel poverty and ‘hard to treat’ housing.

CSE carried out the research in two stages, with the second stage taking place (subject to funding) after completion of the small area fuel poverty indicator it developed for Wales as part of a separate project.

The research objectives were as follows:

  • To assemble data on the distribution of solid wall properties and properties with no access to gas (collectively referred to as ‘hard to treat’) and take-up of HEES grants in Wales
  • To map the distribution of solid wall properties, properties with no access to gas and take-up of HEES grants in Wales for each unitary authority area in Wales
  • To mount maps on a publicly accessible website
  • To analyse the distribution of solid wall properties, properties with no access to gas and take-up of HEES grants, for example comparisons between urban and rural areas in Wales
  • To compare the distribution of ‘hard to treat’ properties with incidence of fuel poverty, as revealed by the forthcoming small area fuel poverty indicator
  • To comment upon the distribution of ‘hard to treat’ properties, fuel poverty, HEES grants and health inequalities, e.g. possible associations between the different factors, urban and rural comparisons
  • To make recommendations for targeting programmes at areas with high levels of fuel poverty, high levels of ‘hard to treat’ properties and low/no take-up of HEES and thus help the WAG and its partners meet the Fuel Poverty Commitment and health inequality targets for Wales

The first stage consisted of the following five tasks:

  1. Assemble databases of factors related to fuel poverty (access to gas, solid wall properties and take-up of HEES grants)
  2. Convert databases to Census Output Area to allow cross comparison with other Census indicators and the ONS urban and rural area classification
  3. Map databases at Output Area level for each of Wales’ 22 unitary authorities
  4. Mount maps on website
  5. Provide access to the databases from the maps and website, ordered by Unitary Authority

Photo: istock.com | David Cannings-Bushell

For further information contact:

Joshua Thumim | 0117 934 1439

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