Capita has been appointed by the Mayor of London as the Support Team for the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) retrofitting programme which aims to make over 175,000 homes across the capital more energy efficient.
The RE:NEW retrofitting programme works with social housing providers, local authorities and private homeowners to deliver energy efficiency programmes that cut carbon emissions, create jobs, reduce fuel poverty, and improve health outcomes.
Efficiency measures typically include loft and cavity insulation; internal and external solid wall insulation; heating upgrades; water efficiency measures; double glazing and draught proofing; as well as district heating upgrades and renewable schemes that could also provide opportunities for revenue generation.
Capita’s contract, which is worth £2.7m over three years (with the possibility of a one year extension), will see the company providing funding, technical and procurement advisory services to support energy improvement works worth at least £50m. Through its ‘Innovation Unit’, Capita will also be developing new approaches to drive mass market adoption of energy efficiency measures as well as establishing and managing a RE:NEW procurement framework that will focus specifically on the retrofit industry; greatly simplifying and streamlining procurement and becoming the leading framework for retrofit across the UK.
Retrofitting is vital in reducing CO2 emissions with 36 per cent of London’s CO2 emissions produced by housing. The Mayor’s Office hopes to save 93,000 annual tonnes of carbon with the three year retrofit programme, and has a new delivery team in place thanks to funding by the European Local Energy Assistance Fund. Support is expected to initially focus on large landlords, predominantly stock-owning London boroughs and housing associations but the team will also be aiming to support environmental retrofit activity on a much wider scale.
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