Campbell & Kennedy has successfully secured a place on Scotland Excel’s new Energy Efficiency Contractors Framework – the largest ever for procurement body Scotland Excel. It has been launched to help local authorities and housing associations to enhance the energy efficiency of their properties to tackle fuel poverty, create warmer homes and cut carbon emissions.
Joining 29 other Scottish companies on the multi-million pound framework, nationwide contractor Campbell & Kennedy will be working closely with councils and housing associations on a range of energy-saving measures such as solar PV, LED and energy storage while providing guidance and support on funding options that deliver the best return on investment.
The Energy Efficiency Contractors Framework, which will run for up to four years, has been designed to help councils and housing associations achieve carbon reduction targets and will deliver both community and employment benefits including apprenticeships.
Julie Welsh, Director of Scotland Excel, said: “The contract has been designed to help councils deliver improvements to housing to create warmer, more energy efficient homes, to tackle fuel poverty, and meet national carbon reduction targets, whether through local investment programmes or from national funding allocations.”
Several programmes and energy efficiency standards are in place for public sector organisations. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 set a statutory duty on the Scottish Government to eradicate fuel poverty in Scotland, as far as is reasonably practicable, by November 2016. The Strategic Working Group reported in 2016 that considerable investment had been made by the Scottish Government into tackling fuel poverty but highlighted that these efforts had failed to eradicate the problem.
The Sustainable Housing Strategy (SHS) sets out a vision for warm, high quality, affordable, low carbon homes and energy efficiency has a major part to play in achieving that vision. The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) has been developed to help improve the energy efficiency of social housing stock in Scotland and social housing providers must meet targets by 2020.
Another programme SEEP, which stands for Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme, will offer support to improve the energy efficiency ratings of all domestic and non-domestic buildings in Scotland. SEEP will be launched in 2017-2018 and will be supported by over £500 million of public funding.
In light of these initiatives, Campbell & Kennedy has just launched its new solar PV finance calculator, which demonstrates the return on investment for local authorities and housing associations for different financing models.
Gerry Kennedy, Managing Director at Campbell & Kennedy, commented: “We are delighted to have secured a place on such an important framework that we are confident will make a huge difference to social housing in Scotland. To date, we have installed over 11 megawatts of solar PV and look forward to sharing our expertise and knowledge with Scotland’s local authorities and housing associations to tackle fuel poverty.”
The Scottish Government remains committed to eradicating fuel poverty and, by 2021, will have invested over £1 billion to do so. Scotland Excel’s unique framework, combining energy efficiency and employment opportunities, has the potential to bring lasting benefits to communities throughout Scotland.