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Boris Johnson is retrofitting scheme to lower London’s energy bills

Staff writer |
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has launched a tool for public sector organisations that has the capacity to deliver up to £1.6 billion of home energy upgrades and improvements, meaning warmer homes and lower energy bills for Londoners.

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RE:NEW, the Mayor’s energy efficiency retrofitting programme for homes, has set up a framework of 11 specialist suppliers that will provide retrofit solutions to public sector landlords such as London boroughs, housing associations, and universities. Housing providers need to fund the works themselves for example through planned maintenance programmes, subsidies or borrowing.

At a time when social landlords are facing up to the need to make efficiencies in their operating costs, this panel will make the process of retrofitting streamlined. Making London’s homes more energy efficient delivers direct cost savings to their tenants, who are predominantly on low incomes.

Retrofitting can include low carbon technologies such as LED lighting, new and upgraded boilers, insulation, solar panels, and double glazing. The Mayor has already helped to save tens of thousands of tonnes of carbon a year in London’s homes, equivalent to taking around 27,000 cars off the road.

The 11 suppliers, all experts in energy efficiency and retrofitting, are now part of the largest framework of its kind in the UK. The framework is available for the next four years and will help public sector organisations to save time and money by avoiding lengthy procurement processes.

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