The Green Deal is a new finance framework in the UK to provide householders and businesses with the upfront capital to carry out energy efficiency improvements to their property, with the finance repaid through the savings made on their energy bill.
The Kent & Medway Green Deal Partnership (K&MGDP) is an executive-level group created in 2012 to deliver energy efficiency measures to local homes and business, using the national Green Deal finance framework and grant funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
The group was established between 13 local authorities, one unitary authority and key partners across the housing, business and health sectors, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions across the county, tackling fuel poverty, and supporting the local network of SMEs to be ‘Green Deal Ready’ and take advantage of economic growth and opportunities in the sector.
The partnership was set up withthe purpose of obtaining an attractive and competitive Green Deal and/or ECO offer for Kent and Medway. The partnership provided a structure in which partners could create an action plan for Kent and Medway to best exploit the opportunities of Green Deal and ECO; oversee the planning and procurement of companies who could finance and deliver energy efficiency measures; coordinate joint-communications across Kent and Medway; and continually source innovative funding mechanisms for delivery of this retrofit work.
A participatory approach was used with the involvement of Kent County Council and Medway Council Unitary Authority, 12 Local Authorities, 1 Health body, 3 Utility companies, 9 housing associations, Local businesses and Community Interest Companies and Training/technical experts.
The initiative was very successful as indicated by the results:
The gathering of technical expertise and resources was the main success factor of the initiative.
Kent County Council