APSE launch comprehensive guide to ECO3 for local authorities

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APSE launch comprehensive guide to ECO3 for local authorities

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APSE launch comprehensive guide to ECO3 for local authorities
An in-depth guide to the Energy Company Obligation has been published by The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and YES Energy Solutions to help councils use the scheme to fund energy efficiency measures for their residents.
The publication helps local authorities gain a full understanding of the latest phase of the Government’s ECO scheme and how they can use funding from the scheme to help fuel poor residents in their districts.
APSE, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in the delivery of frontline services to local communities, worked with award winning energy efficiency experts YES Energy Solutions to write the expert guide.
The publication aims to inspire councils to consider ECO as part of their fuel poverty strategy by covering all the new rules in a clear format.
In April 2013, the Government launched the national scheme designed to reduce fuel poverty and improve the energy efficiency on domestic properties in England, Scotland and Wales.
The scheme is the main funding stream for insulation and heating measures in domestic properties in Great Britain and has evolved since its launch, with ECO3 introduced in October 2018.
The guide comes as an updated issue to the previous ECO guide for local authorities by APSE and YES Energy Solutions.
Head of APSE Energy, Phil Brennan said: "ECO allows councils to help their residents save energy and money, but the complexities of the scheme can discourage councils to make use of the opportunities available.
“Therefore we have joined forces again with our trusted partners YES Energy Solutions to produce a guide that provides local authorities with a clear overview of the ECO scheme, which details how to get involved to benefit householders in the local community.
“As more and more councils announce climate emergency declarations, they need as many tools at their disposal as possible in order to be energy efficient and meet carbon neutrality targets. ECO3 is one of those tools and this publication will help to encourage its use"
Duncan McCombie, CEO of YES Energy Solutions, said: “This guide is a helping hand for local authorities for them to get up to date with all the latest changes in the scheme.
“We know through our partnerships with councils that queries and concerns surround the scheme, and this has driven us to produce an updated guide to help even more local authorities make use of available funding for their vulnerable residents.
“Understanding ECO can make a huge difference to people in fuel poverty, helping them receive help for the install of energy efficiency measures to help them reduce their fuel bills and improve their quality of life.”
The guide is available at https://www.apse.org.uk/apse/index.cfm/ ... ng-update/

Notes to editor
How ECO3 funding can benefit local authorities
The document looks at the latest iteration of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which is now called ECO3. Launched In April 2013 the obligation is a national scheme designed to improve the energy efficiency on domestic properties in England, Scotland and Wales. ECO3 is a legal requirement for major energy companies who are required to provide funding for the installation of energy saving measures in certain households.
Our new guide gives a clear overview of what ECO is, how to get involved and more importantly – how to use it to the advantage of both local authorities and local communities.
This publication will be available to all APSE Energy members without charge. Non APSE Energy members may purchase the document. For further information contact Phil Brennan, Head of APSE Energy on 0161 772 1810 or at pbrennan@apse.org.uk.

YES Energy Solutions
YES Energy Solutions is the trading name of Yorkshire Energy Services CIC – a national Community Interest Company operating in the energy efficiency sector. With no shareholders to satisfy, the company invests profits into actions that achieve its social mission – to reduce CO2 and alleviate fuel poverty in the UK.
The company was originally established in 2000 by Kirklees Council to manage multiple affordable warmth programmes. YES Energy Solutions is now an independent organisation working nationally with a broad range of Councils, Housing Associations, Energy Companies and Installers to deliver targeted energy saving schemes that cut customer fuel bills, improve health and wellbeing and regenerate whole communities. They have managed some of the largest Council-backed fuel poverty alleviation schemes in the country.
In the last financial year YES Energy Solutions transformed the energy efficiency of over 5,000 homes, cutting carbon emissions by 80,000 tonnes and customer fuel bills by £58,500,000 over the lifetime of the improvements installed.
For more information visit: www.yesenergysolutions.co.uk

APSE Energy
APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority front line services, hosting a network for front line service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.
APSE Energy is APSE’s local authority energy collaboration with over 90 councils as members. The vision for the collaboration is to form an “effective collaboration of a large number of local authorities to enable and facilitate the local municipalisation of energy services. By this we mean the public and community, as well as private, ownership and managerial control of local energy generation, supply networks and delivery of energy efficiency works. Local authorities working together in this way would have great influence and would be able to deliver economies of scale in green energy to promote economic growth and combat fuel poverty.

For more information visit: www.apse.org.uk

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