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Report commends programme to make homes warmer in the South West

24th April, 2015
‘Ready for Retrofit’ programme has contributed over £50m to the South West economy and created hundreds of new jobs, according to a new report.

The programme makes homes across the South West warmer by ‘retrofitting’ them with new energy efficiency measures.

The report found that, since its launch in June 2012, the scheme has pumped £50m into the South West economy and created 274 new jobs and supported 414 businesses through its business support programme which provides training and advice to help small and medium-sized businesses provide high-quality retrofitting services and bid for retrofitting work.

Through the installation of 1,428 energy efficiency measures in social housing across the South West, Ready for Retrofit has also saved £36,627 tonnes of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of running 8,140 homes for a year.  It is now developing its work in the private housing market and working with community groups across the area to encourage private homes owners to retrofit their homes.

Jon Rattenbury, Ready for Retrofit Manager, said:
“Improving the energy performance of domestic housing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways in which we can reduce our carbon emissions.  It also helps to keep householders’ fuel bills down.  We are proud that our programme has been such a success so far and we are now looking to expand our support to private home owners, landlords and tenants who are interested in retrofitting their homes.  Schemes like this needn’t stop here; they can be replicated and built upon across the country.”

The Ready for Retrofit programme involves a blend of activities including support for local retrofitting businesses and market development as well as the installation of energy efficiency measures.   The report’s authors, Databuild, concluded that this combination of support is central to the programme’s success as there is no one ‘silver bullet’ that can deliver the same results on its own.  The report also concluded that Ready for Retrofit has significantly surpassed all but one of its targets, an achievement they describe as “impressive” when set against the adverse policy environment of the last two years.   

John Fawcett, Databuild, said:
“Our robust evaluation of the programme found a consensus amongst both businesses in the retrofit sector and wider stakeholders – that the Ready for Retrofit programme has been an important contributor, not only in stimulating short and longer term demand for retrofit, but in working closely with a wide variety of businesses to ensure they have the capacity and capability to meet that demand.”

The full report and further information on Ready for Retrofit can be found at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/readyforretrofit

Ready for Retrofit is part-financed with £4.75m of European Regional Development Funding.
 
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