A new scheme aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of homes in Kent could prove a great opportunity for the county’s businesses. The Green Deal is the Government’s scheme to encourage homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their property.
Under the scheme householders take out a loan with a provider who undertakes work such as upgrading old boilers, lagging lofts and draught proofing. The loan repayments must be offset by the amount of energy saved.
Now local businesses will be able to find out how to get Green Deal ready at free workshops being held across the county.
The workshops will equip Kent and Medway SMEs with all they need to know about the upcoming Green Deal project, including advice on how they can become an accredited Green Deal installer, and how to make the most of the commercial opportunities arising from the new initiative.
David Brazier, Deputy KCC Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste, said:
The Green Deal is a fantastic opportunity for Kent, one which I’m hoping the county will grab with both hands.
There are huge potential commercial benefits for all sorts of businesses and trades people in Kent, from plumbers to electricians, environmental consultancies to insulation providers. I would encourage them to come along to the events and find out how exactly the Green Deal can benefit them.
Graham Harris, Managing Director of Dartford Borough Council and Chair of the Kent and Medway Green Deal Partnership, said:
The Green Deal could be a great opportunity for local businesses and we want to help local SMEs take full advantage of this new business potential.
Ian Hutchcroft, Head of South at Energy Saving Trust, said:
With energy bills rising, people are already more interested in making their homes warmer and cheaper to heat. With Government initiatives such as the Green Deal, people will be able to access funding to have energy efficiency work done to their homes and start saving from day one.
By growing the local low carbon economy and helping to make homes warmer and cheaper to heat, there are opportunities for everyone.
The Energy Saving Trust will deliver three workshops on behalf of the Kent and Medway Green Partnership:
- Tuesday 4 December, 8am – 2pm, at SusCon, Dartford
- Wednesday 5 December, 8am – 2pm, at St Mary’s Church, Ashford
- Wednesday 12 December, 8am – 2pm, at East Kent College, Broadstairs
Anyone interested in attending the events can find out more by visiting http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4083566056, emailing KentMedwaySME AT est.org.uk or by calling 020 7654 2640.
Further information about the Green Deal can be found on the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s website: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/green_deal/gd_quickguides/gd_quickguides.aspx
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is replacing the existing Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP). The Government has been consulting on the ECO, which they hope to introduce in January 2013.
About Energy Saving Trust:
Energy Saving Trust is organised as a social enterprise with charitable status. We have incorporated a new charitable parent company, under which is a non-profit company continuing to deliver substantial government-funded programmes and a wholly owned trading subsidiary. We remain independent and we will continue to provide communities and households with impartial advice. We have an innovative range of services, which businesses and organisations can buy to equip themselves to benefit their customers. Energy Saving Trust was formed in 1992 and was previously a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
For more information about Energy Saving Trust contact the Press Office on 0207 227 0398
About Kent and Medway Green Deal Partnership
The Kent and Medway Green Deal Partnership is an executive level group providing overall direction to the establishment of a Green Deal for Kent and Medway. Its overarching purpose is to support opportunities that can be developed in partnership, to agree shared priorities, and to identify and resolve risks and barriers that could jeopardise the best Green Deal offers being obtained by Kent and Medway residents and businesses.
Membership includes: Kent County Council, Medway Council, Ashford Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Dartford Borough Council, Dover District Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council, Shepway District Council, Swale Borough Council, Thanet District Council, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, NHS, South East Water, Southern Water, Veolia Water SE, Amicus Horizons, Town & Country Housing Association, National Landlords Association, ACRE, Federation of Small Businesses, Business Support Kent CIC, and SUSCON.