The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published new guidance to help local authorities in England improve the energy efficiency of their residential housing. Issued under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA), the guidance asks local authorities to publish a report on their plans to achieve improved energy efficiency by 31st March 2013.
Local authorities will be required to identify practicable and cost-effective measures likely to result in significant energy reduction in all residential accommodation. The guidance also asks authorities to consider the role of key local partners, such as social housing providers and community organisations.
The Government strongly believe that local authorities are best placed to assess the green needs and ambitions of their areas. A well-developed report in response to HECA, highlighting key opportunities, will help attract potential funding partners to work with the authority and other local community groups and stake holders to the benefit of local residents and businesses.
The new HECA guidance will provide a clear outline of what is required, and local authorities will have to report on progress in implementing their proposed measures every two years.