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Council to decarbonise homes in multi-million pound project

Lewes District Council has announced it will invest nearly £2.7 million in decarbonising 267 council homes, supported by a £2 million grant from the government.

Councillor Nicholson

Councillor Nicholson
The government grant was part of a consortium bid with Eastbourne Borough Council.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund invited applications for grant funding to help the council meet its target of net zero carbon by 2030.

The announcement follows an in-depth study by council officers that looked at the most realistic decarbonisation solutions, such as retrofitting eligible homes to improve their energy performance.

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: "I'm delighted but not surprised that our excellent bid was received so positively. 

"To now have nearly £5 million to invest in this critically important work is very exciting for us all.

"Our progress to reduce carbon emissions in the district is very encouraging and this project will help accelerate the gains we are making."

In November 2023, the council reported a 16.8% reduction in carbon emissions from 2018/19 and a 13.8% reduction in fleet emissions.

With the help of this grant funding, the council will reduce the carbon footprint of local council homes by implementing affordable retrofits, subject to their eligibility. By simply upgrading windows, doors and draughtproofing to the highest standards, a 20% reduction in energy use is possible.

Councillor Mark Slater, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "Decarbonising our housing stock has so many benefits for everyone. It reduces our impact on the planet and brings down energy bills. At a time when so many people are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, this is a win win.

"I'm hugely grateful to all the officers who worked so hard to prepare the bid. Their research has revealed the most efficient and cost-effective ways in which we can reduce the carbon footprint of our homes."

Published on March 21, 2024.

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