Carillion, SSE To Deliver Affordable Warmth

21 June 2013

Support services provider Carillion will partner energy supplier SSE to provide affordable warmth to UK households facing fuel poverty, it has been revealed.

The partnership comes following the commencement of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which was launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) at the beginning of the year.

The ECO requires all major energy companies to provide energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable consumers, including those on certain means-tested benefits. Improvements include the likes of Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation. All improvements made under the scheme are funding by the energy companies.

The scheme is being rolled out alongside the Green Deal, a second energy efficiency initiative that provides up front funding – to be used on energy-saving home improvements – for those not considered to be at risk from fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is defined by spending more than 10% of their income on heating a property.

The partnership between Carillion and SSE will focus on the ECO’s Affordable Warmth obligation, which supports low-income consumers considered vulnerable to the impact of living in cold properties. Such at risk groups include the elderly and disabled.

Wolverhampton-based Carillion will conduct energy assessments and surveys for SSE, and establish which home improvement measures should be made. Following this initial inspection, the company will install the necessary measures, including Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation.

"The Green Deal is gaining momentum,” said Nigel Taylor, Chief Operating Officer for Carillion Services. “But it must be inclusive and open to all which is why the Affordable Warmth funding from companies like SSE is so important.

“Selecting us as a national delivery partner confirms our position as a leading provider of ECO and Green Deal solutions. Given the customer base it is an opportunity to help transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable in society by making their homes warmer and more affordable to heat."

Keith Armstrong, head of ECO at SSE added:  "Efficient heating and insulation is the key to tackling fuel poverty, which is why we take our obligations under ECO extremely seriously. Carillion was able to demonstrate a strong track record of delivering energy efficiency programmes at scale and with the highest level of customer service, and was a natural partner of choice."

As reported previously, Carillion has already been confirmed as the exclusive delivery partner of the Birmingham Energy Services (BES) scheme.

SSE was one of two major energy suppliers, with British Gas, to fail to meet insulation targets set out under the CERT and CESP programmes, the predecessors to the ECO. The Perth-based company reached 99.9% of its target.

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