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Carillion made Green Deal partner of Birmingham Energy Savers scheme

The Birmingham Energy Savers scheme has chosen Carillion Energy Services to install properties with measures such as thermal insulation as its partner in the Green Deal.

By 2020, the contract between the two aims to fit up to 60,000 households with energy-efficient measures to provide families with a more affordable way of living.

According to Carillion, the eight-year initiative - estimated to be worth around £600 million -has the potential to extend its reach to other areas in the West Midlands under a framework agreement of up to £1.5 billion.

James McKay, city councillor, commented that the decision represents Birmingham's ambitions for greener living among its residents and shows that social justice goes hand-in-hand with environmental agendas.

"[The agreement] will reduce energy bills for citizens by up to £300 per year - taking up to 40,000 people out of fuel poverty by 2015 - create jobs in the technology supply chain and ensure that there are less carbon emissions from the city," he added.

The construction firm was signed to the scheme after it was favoured over companies Amey, Mark Group and Enterprise.

Birmingham is the first city to recruit a Green Deal delivery partner since the government initiative was rolled out last week (October 1st).

Consumers can now register to have their properties assessed for the instalment of the energy-efficient measures covered by the scheme, which include cavity wall and loft insulation as well as renewable energy fixtures.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change provided Birmingham with a grant of £2.6 million to get the campaign started around the city and the local council intends to provide an additional £3.2 million towards the improvements.

Ultimately, the Birmingham Energy Savers programme seeks to restore approximately 60,000 residential homes and non-domestic buildings and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent by 2026.

As well as thermal insulation, Carillion is due to install its EcoPad heating systems to try and reduce fuel poverty in tower blocks across the city.

Posted by Helen Hughes