The government has confirmed its selection of the projects that will benefit from its Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.
Seventeen projects have been selected to receive a share of the Fund – though, the beneficiaries will not be revealed until 2021.
The Fund was initially announced as part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan, and launched in September this year.
The funding, which will be matched by successful councils, will go toward upgrading the energy efficiency of 2,000 of the worst-performing social homes, defined as those with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or below.
44% of social homes in England are thought to be below EPC C, and the government is aiming for all social homes to meet a minimum standard of EPC C by 2030.
A further £60m for the decarbonisation of social housing in 2021/22 was secured as part of the government’s recent Spending Review.
The government also announced an extension of its £2bn Green Homes Grant – which it topped up with an extra £1bn – providing homeowners with vouchers of up to £10,000 to carry out energy-efficiency upgrades in their homes.
‘Part of wider commitment’
Commenting on the Fund, Climate Change minister Lord Callanan said: “I’m delighted with the response from councils so far.
“This innovative pilot will identify new ways of bringing down the cost of retrofitting social housing, delivering warmer and more energy efficient homes that are cheaper to heat and emit fewer carbon emissions.
“The scheme will also boost the supply chain, support thousands of jobs, and help us drive energy efficiency measures that are the best value for money for all types of housing.
“This is part of our wider commitment to invest over £9bn to increase the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals this Parliament, as we work to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
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