Leeds launches the UK’s largest Green Deal scheme
Local authorities in the Leeds City Region have announced the launch of the country’s largest Green Deal Scheme, with more than 12,000 homes in Yorkshire earmarked to receive energy efficiency improvements.
According to businessgreen.com, the £100 million initiative centres around 11 councils in the area with a view to helping domestic and non-domestic properties reduce their carbon emissions and energy bills.
The first areas to take part in the ‘City Deal’
The authorities, which include Wakefield, Barnsley, Bradford and York, will be some of the first areas to take part in the ‘City Deal’, which offers loans to property owners to install measures such as interior cladding, loft insulation or energy-efficient windows, for instance.
Overall, greenwisebusiness.co.uk claims the scheme will create 600 jobs over three years while supporting a further 24,000 ‘direct and supply chain jobs’ through to the mid-2030s. The City Deal scheme is also seen as an effective way to drive household and business take-up by driving down the cost of improvements.
Councillor Mehboob Khan, Leeds City Region lead on the Green Deal, commented on the project:
“We are taking a dynamic approach to tackling fuel poverty, reducing health inequalities and creating jobs.”
“This is an effective way for businesses and residents to pay for energy efficiency improvements such as a insulation and new heating systems,” he added.
Author: Ashley Curtis Date Written: 30 April 2013