Warm Up North
The Warm Up North scheme, a North East wide housing retro-fit project is actively supported by ANEC and is being led by Newcastle City Council, on behalf of a regional partnership of local authorities.
The partnership aims to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the North East, address inequalities, reduce energy costs and tackle fuel poverty.
Most of the councils in the region work together to deliver the scheme, with Newcastle acting as ‘anchor' authority and with a range of other public bodies including 10 registered housing providers and 18 other public sector bodies.
The scheme is the North East's key response to the Government's Green Deal, which enables up front funding for energy efficiency improvements which can be repaid through a consumer's electricity bill provided the cost does not exceed the savings.
Public funding will provide the Green Deal finance with the borrowing costs fully recovered through payments over periods of up to 25 years, with a view to kickstarting the private sector market in the North East and making the scheme financially sustainable in the long run.
The Government has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and retrofitting existing properites is key to achieving this ambition. Retrofitting is upgrading existing buildings with energy efficiency or renewable measures in order to reduce the amount of carbon emitted.
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