Insulation scheme wraps up award nomination

Leeds City Council’s free insulation scheme reached the finals of a top green award.

Wrap Up Leeds was a finalist in the climate change category of the Yorkshire Post’s 2013 environment awards.

Throughout 2012, the partnership between Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Energy Services insulated 10,007 lofts and cavity walls in 8,098 privately owned and rented homes for free. Around 500 of these households have been lifted out of fuel poverty.

Domestic properties account for around a third of all emissions in Leeds so with residents using less energy to heat their homes, CO2 emissions are expected to be cut by over 5,600 tonnes each year.

This will go some way to helping the council and Leeds as a city reduce its emissions by 40% by 2020.

Residents are also expected to save a combined total of £1.4million on their energy bills every year having had their loft and cavity walls insulated for the first time or having their existing loft insulation topped up.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Although we didn’t win, being in the final three is still a great endorsement of all that Wrap Up Leeds has achieved.

“Not only will the project make a significant dent into Leeds’ emissions year on year, many vulnerable people will feel the benefit of a warmer home and save on their fuel bills.

“While winning would be the icing on the cake for Wrap Up Leeds, we’re delighted that the environment and our residents are the real winners.”

Vincent McCabe, managing director at Yorkshire Energy Services said:

“The Wrap Up Leeds scheme was a great success and has really helped our company develop proficiently over the past 12 months. Not only have we been able to generate and safe guard jobs, but been able to create a strong working relationship with Leeds City Council which we hope to build on through future carbon reduction programmes that will continue to help residents reduce their fuel bills and save energy in the home.”

The awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate the very best of the environmental work being done throughout the region.

The work started by Wrap Up Leeds has been continued in the Wrap Up Leeds+ project, offering grants and interest free loans so people can make energy efficient home improvements.

The council is also set to announce details of a new partnership to offer the Green Deal to Leeds residents prior to a city region-wide Green Deal offer being launched in 2014.


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