Over 175,000 homes in the capital could be inline for energy efficiency improvements under a new warm home push from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
The mayor’s office has awarded Capita Symonds a £3 million contract to deliver energy-saving improvements worth at least £50 million over the next three years.
Commenting on the need for increased efficiency in the capital’s housing stock, Johnson said: “Many families are rightly concerned at the cost of their energy bills so I’m delighted to be able to put in place a programme of energy-saving measures for homes across the capital. This will result in renovations that lower energy bills for thousands of residents.”
The mayor’s office notes that 36% of London’s CO2 emissions are produced by its housing stock. It is hoped that the retrofit programme will help save around 93,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Properties inline for improvements will be given a range of upgrades including better boilers and upgraded insulation. The mayor’s office expects the support to be initially focused on landlords, particularly stock-owning London boroughs and housing associations.
Reacting to the news, John Alker, director of policy and communications at the UK Green Building Council said: “With rising energy bills sure to be hitting the headlines over the coming months, energy efficiency is by far the most cost effective way to permanently bring them down. This funding will help hard-pressed Londoners this winter and is a welcome boost for the capital’s green housing ambitions.”
In addition, the mayor’s office has won £145 million of funds under the Decent Homes Funding that will be distributed to London boroughs to bring homes back to good standards.