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University of Sheffield hosts event to discuss contributions to the national Green Deal

The University hosted an event on Tuesday 18 September to discuss Government plans to revolutionise green energy and efficiency of homes and businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region, and particularly the contribution of the BIG Energy Upgrade to the national Green Deal and how this will inform the delivery of the Green Deal and support ECO.  Details of the Green Deal are set to be announced next month.

Richard Mellish, head of the Green Deal Programme at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, was among the guests at the event. He joined representatives from Yorkshire councils, university academics and energy firms E-On, N-Power, Scottish Power, British Gas, EDF and Scottish and Southern, to discuss how to maximise the benefits that the Green Deal could provide to the region.

Professor Lenny Koh, from the Management School is leading an interdisciplinary team of academics and is actively supporting the long term economic development of the communities targeted by the project as they are working closely with regional businesses and local authorities in developing the regional supply chain for energy efficient measures and so stimulating the job market.

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “Our role has been to drive innovation in the energy efficiency supply chain.

“We’re also helping to alleviate fuel poverty in the areas of the Yorkshire and Humber region most in need, through our research in building and technology, energy and behaviour.”

The BIG Energy Upgrade has installed over 829 measures into homes across the Yorkshire region to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve energy efficiency. The investment has totalled £14.7m, £7m of which has been funded by the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “The Green Deal is a major priority for Sheffield. We have a large housing stock that can be retrofitted and will benefit from the Green Deal. This will help to generate new jobs, develop new skills and stimulate the economy for our city.”

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