Carillion PLC: Minister champions pioneering Green Deal partnership in London

5th July, 2013

Rt Hon Greg Barker MP has today welcomed a unique partnership with community interest company Energise Barnet (EB) to deliver London's first social enterprise-led Green Deal programme.

EB aims to help up to 5,000 households over the next three years by cutting heating bills and carbon through arranging the installation of energy saving measures and renewables. Installation value is expected to exceed 20 million and will be funded through the Government's Green Deal programme, Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and other sources. Working in partnership with organizations including NHS Barnet and local community groups will also ensure funding is channeled to vulnerable households to help address health issues associated with living in fuel poverty. To maximize economic and social value in Barnet, Carillion will also work closely with local SMEs and micro businesses.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "It's great to see Energise Barnet helping local householders and businesses save energy and generate their own clean green power. Not only can local action help save money on bills and cut emissions, it's a great way to bring communities together and boost the local economy. "I want to see groups up and down the country realise the benefits of taking energy management and generation into their own hands."

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker;
"I want to see groups up and down the country realise the benefits of taking energy management and generation into their own hands.  That's why we are currently exploring what needs to be done to kick start even more projects, ahead of the launch the UK's first community energy strategy in the Autumn."

Richard Blakeway, the Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property, said: "Making London homes more energy efficient not only saves money and protects the environment it also boosts the economy and creates jobs. So it is vital that we continue the good work of the Mayor's RE-NEW initiative to retro-fit peoples' homes. Energise Barnet is doing this by providing a fantastic vehicle for local residents to take advantage of the new national Green Deal programme and our RE:NEW Support Team will be helping local authorities to implement similar schemes across the capital - helping to make London the greenest big city in the world."

Nigel Farren from Energise Barnet added: "Our overall objective is to create a sustainable, community-led solution that helps reduce fuel poverty, creates jobs, improves housing and the environment. And, by energizing Barnet we are confident we can move forward and energise other boroughs as well."

Nigel Taylor, Chief Operating Officer for Carillion Services, said: "We are thrilled to be working with EB on this genuinely path-finding programme and we look forward to a successful and lasting partnership. Through our delivery model we will work with local suppliers and create training and job opportunities so that EB is also used to generate as much economic growth as possible in Barnet."


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