First Green Deal boost: £12m to seven cities across the UK

by Sara Pernas

Seven cities across England will receive £12m from the £200m Green Deal incentives funding, to support and help them in their ambitious challenge to lower the carbon emissions of their respective regions.

The proposals made by these seven cities – Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield – include retrofitting properties across whole communities – it’s expected that around 2,500 retrofits will be undertaken for households and non-domestic properties -, and it’s been also proposed that the cities will generate match funding and/or provide direct support by themselves.

Energy Secretary Edward Davey said: “These cities have really ambitious plans to lower their emissions, reduce energy use and help people save money on their bills. I’ve been really impressed by their plans to start testing the Green Deal and transforming our homes and buildings.

The Green Deal, starting next October 2012, is a financial mechanism that eliminates the need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures, providing reassurances that the cost of the measures should be covered by savings on the electricity bill. Earlier this year, the Government announced that cities would be given greater freedoms, powers and tools to help them go for growth.

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