With the launch of a new report into the energy performance of homes and businesses in Truro and Falmouth, local MP Sarah Newton, Cornwall Council and local organisations have come together to discuss what has worked to date and what remains to be done.
As people begin to turn up their heating, a new report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy has shone a spotlight on the energy performance of homes and businesses in Truro and Falmouth. The report – which has been welcomed by local MP Sarah Newton, Cornwall Council and by local businesses and charities – shows how tens of thousands of local residents have benefited in recent years from proper insulation and efficient boilers, making their homes more affordable to heat and safer to live in. But the report also highlights that Truro and Falmouth residents are more than three times as likely to live in a very inefficient home as people elsewhere in the country. It goes on to identify the huge untapped potential for delivering to the remaining Truro and Falmouth residents the benefits their neighbours have already seen.
Households in Truro and Falmouth have to spend a staggering £77 million on their fuel bills each year. Over recent years national schemes – working hand in hand with dedicated local businesses and charities – have helped offset this by insulating 7,400 lofts and 5,500 cavity walls, while 7,800 efficient boilers have been installed. This has benefited local people in a whole range of ways – combating the health problems associated with cold homes, creating skilled local jobs and diverting money previously spent on fuel bills into local shops and businesses.
But much more remains to be done, the report says. Changes to national efficiency schemes have meant that funding to help poorer households is harder to get hold of. Meanwhile, more than two thirds of homes in Truro and Falmouth still need to be improved to bring them up to the level of a home built today.
The roundtable event, which occurred on Friday 4th November in Truro and sponsored by Calor, brought together key stakeholders in fuel poverty to discuss the findings of the report and speak to Sarah Newton MP about what has worked to date and what remains to be done.
Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton added: “I know that fuel poverty is a significant issue in Cornwall and that, as we approach winter, many of my constituents will be concerned about the cost of heating their homes. I am delighted to have been able to work with UKACE and organisations in Cornwall to discuss what more we can do to combat this problem”
Paul Worth, Area Sales Manager from Calor, said: “This is an excellent report which helps shine a spotlight on the fact that Government energy efficiency schemes have repeatedly missed households living in rural off gas grid areas. Having this sort of detailed information will help target future help to those who most need it.”
Dr Tim Jones, Chief Executive of Community Energy Plus, said: “A stable and long term investment plan to improve the energy efficiency of Cornwall’s coldest homes is currently desperately needed from the government in order to help eradicate fuel poverty. It was helpful to make this case directly to Sarah Newton MP and I hope that we can work with her and the other roundtable participants to find solutions so that misery of cold and damp homes can be consigned to part of Cornwall’s history instead of our future.”
For more information on the report, contact:
Antonia Jansz, Researcher, Association for the Conservation of Energy
[email protected] / 0207 359 8000
Note(s) to Editors
The report can be downloaded at: http://www.ukace.org/wpcontent/
People in photo from left to right:
1. Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton
2. Anthony Ball (Tackling Inequalities/Winter Wellness lead,
Public Health, Cornwall Council)
3. Dr Tim Jones (Chief Executive of Community Energy Plus)
4. Tony Butler (Sales Manager at SSE plc)
5. Paul Worth (Area Sales Manager from Calor)
6. Ben Simpson (Carbon Policy Officer at Cornwall Development
7. Stuart Farmer (Smart Cornwall Business Development Manager at
Cornwall Development Company)
8. Ruth Clarke (Chairman and Facilitator of Cornwall Residential
9. Antonia Jansz (Researcher at the Association for the
Conservation of Energy (ACE))
Also present at meeting
1. Peter Jefferson (Chief Executive of Cornwall Rural Community
2. Silvia Kerste (Enterprise Project Leader at Hubbub)