North East to Benefit from UK's Largest Green Deal Agreement

18 July 2013

Homes and businesses in the North East are set to benefit from the UK's largest Green Deal agreement, the Government has revealed.

The Warm Up North project, which will officially launch in September, will bring improved energy efficiency to 50,000 households and businesses in Newcastle and the surrounding region, with 500 jobs expected to be created in the process.

The project has been put together by eight local authorities: Newcastle City Council, Darlington Council, Durham Council, Gateshead Council, Northumberland Council, Redcar & Cleveland Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland Council. It will be delivered exclusively by energy giant, British Gas.

“Warm Up North is a fantastic scheme that will help tens of thousands of homes in the North East become more energy efficient,” Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker told local newspaper The Journal.

“The Coalition is committed to helping hardworking families and Warm Up North will mean warmer homes in the winter months and help for people to reduce their bills by using less energy. It will also provide a real boost to the local economy, creating skilled jobs and apprenticeships.”

The Warm Up North scheme will take advantage of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the Government's latest energy efficiency initiatives.

Under the scheme, residents of any of the eight local authority areas will be able to use Government funding to make energy saving improvements to their property. The scheme will principally focus on Solid Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, boiler and radiator replacement, and double glazed windows.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, installing Solid Wall Insulation can reduce heat loss by up to 45%. Furthermore, Solid Wall Insulation can save up to £450 per year.

Adding Loft Insulation to a loft with no insulation can slash up to £175 from an annual fuel bill, while topping up existing Loft Insulation can save up to £45.

Switching to an energy efficient boiler can save up to £250, while replacing single glazed windows with double glazed windows can save up to £165 per year.

The Warm Up North scheme is thought to be worth around £200 million, and will radically improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon emissions of the North East over the next five to eight years.

Martin Walker, Warm Up North Project Manager, was delighted to unveil the project. On the DECC blog he said: “We always believed that local government had a critical role to play in the implementation of Green Deal and ECO. We have been greatly heartened by the recognition from the private sector that partnering with local authorities offers a great opportunity to make Green Deal and ECO work in practice.”

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