Archive for March, 2014

A BIG Energy Success!

Monday, March 17th, 2014

After saving an estimated 53,947 tonnes of CO2 emissions across Yorkshire and the Humber from 2010 – 2014, representatives of the BIG Energy Upgrade will meet on Friday 21st March to celebrate the scheme’s success and economic impact.

The pioneering programme helped improve the thermal efficiency of hundreds of ‘hard to treat’ homes and supported thousands of householders living in fuel poverty. It was the region’s first retrofit programme to adopt a ‘whole house, whole community’ approach to domestic energy efficiency.

The BIG Energy Upgrade supported 14 of the region’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods by offering funding and advice for home efficiency improvements including the installation of solid wall insulation. The programme was delivered by a consortium of diverse organisations including: six Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Yorkshire Energy Services CIC and the University of Sheffield.

Not only were whole communities renovated, but a multitude of jobs were created which helped boost the regional supply chain and the local economy. Activity in areas of Kirklees, Leeds, Barnsley, Doncaster, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire has left a positive impression with local residents and visitors and could well influence the future of community based energy efficiency schemes in the UK.

The BIG Energy Upgrade is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which support local businesses and create jobs. (For more information visit:

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