A study by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has found that housing managers lack the data to successfully bid for funding through schemes, such as the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation.

Support from the government is available through these schemes to finance energy efficiency measures; however, to be successful in applying councils need data that, the report says, they currently lack. The study, details of which were published on Wednesday 4 February, found that housing managers lacked the level of insight required to develop retrofit strategies, with funding pots often becoming available only at short notice.

David Weatherall, policy adviser at EST, said: “Meaningful data and insight can remove barriers to finding the homes and communities that we should target with energy efficiency programmes. There is a real opportunity for councils to develop cost-effective strategies to improve homes locally.”

As supplied by Cornwall Energy.

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