Brighouse roofing specialist and energy expert Ploughcroft advises the government on Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
Managing director Chris Hopkins, who is also a member of the Government’s Green Construction Board, has been invited to meet officials from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in Whitehall today.
Introduced a year ago to fund energy efficiency improvements in homes, ECO has achieved a take-up from consumers of just 1.84% of its target Carbon Emission Reduction Obligation (CERO) of 20 million tonnes, leaving the big six energy companies just 18 months to encourage consumer take up – or to incur stinging penalties.
Managing director Chris Hopkins says: “With rising energy prices, many people are once again facing higher home fuel bills this year. I will be pressing DECC to allow Room in Roof Insulation (RIRI) to qualify for primary funding. Such insulation can have huge environmental benefits, reducing heat loss and saving carbon tonnes, as well as making cost savings for hard-pressed consumers.”
The ECO scheme was introduced for so called ‘hard to treat’ homes built of stone before 1967 and current funding for RIRI can only be given when a primary measure such as external or internal wall insulation is installed first. Consumers are deterred from doing this as it radically alters the appearance of a house and, in the case of internal insulation, is hugely disruptive, says Chris.
“On current figures, the Government will fall short of achieving its Energy Climate Obligation and I hope to convince them that RIRI can help them achieve it by demonstrating that RIRI could save 50 life time carbon tonnes per home. As there are more than two million homes in Yorkshire alone that would benefit, Government could easily achieve its target and benefit not only people’s pockets, but the environment and create up to 100,000 jobs.”
This latest accolade comes on the back of success at the prestigious Ceramics Industry Annual Health and Safety Pledge Awards when Ploughcroft was awarded the Contractors Award.
Ploughcroft won the award for safety work it completed on more than 3 km of fragile guttering on the factory roof of bathroom manufacturer ‘Ours Sanitary Ware’ in Middlewich, Cheshire. The company has recently transferred all manufacturing to the site.