Policy Statements and Initiatives

CLG: A new system to help homebuyers get green grants worth hundreds of pounds to lower their fuel bills and make their homes greener has been announced, linked to the introduction of Home Information Packs (HIP) and Energy Performance Certificates.  Under the Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC), household energy suppliers have an obligation to promote household measures to achieve a target level of energy savings.
Most people are unaware that there are typical grants of £100 to £300 grants for cut price loft & cavity wall insulation.  Measures recommended in the EPC could save the average consumer £300 a year off their fuel bills, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Press release ~ Home Information Packs (HIP) ~ Energy Performance Certificates ~ Energy Saving Trust ~ Energy Efficiency Commitment ~ UK-BC (Green Building Council)
Scottish Executive: Funding of £1.24m is to be allocated to 29 communities in Scotland for environmental renewal projects as part of the allocation of the first round of this year's Community Environmental Renewal Scheme funds.
The grants from the first round of this year's Community Environmental Renewal Scheme (CERS) are aimed specifically at communities who are in the vicinity of quarrying activity.  The scheme is administered by Forward Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Executive, using funds from the Aggregates Levy.
The scheme supports projects directed at the provision, restoration, protection or the promotion of understanding of landscape, habitats and local biodiversity, the built or cultural environment, including historic, geological or archaeological heritage, or community recreational amenities.
This is the first tranche of projects in the 2007-08 scheme. There was a second application deadline date of 27 June2007.  The remainder of the total available funding of £1.75 million announced on 5 March 2007 will be allocated later this year.
Press release ~ Community Environmental Renewal Scheme ~ Forward Scotland ~ Aggregates Levy
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